Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2 — Final Report(NUREG-1437, Supplement 53)

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Manuscript Completed: March 2015
Date Published: March 2015

Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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This supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) has been prepared in response to an application submitted by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to renew the operating licenses for Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2 (SQN), for an additional 20 years.

This SEIS includes the analysis that evaluates the environmental impacts of the proposed action and alternatives to the proposed action. Alternatives considered include: natural gas combined-cycle generation, supercritical pulverized coal generation, new nuclear generation, combination wind and solar generation, and no renewal of the licenses (the no-action alternative).

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) recommendation is that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for SQN are not great enough to deny the option of license renewal for energy-planning decisionmakers. This recommendation is based on the following:

  • the analysis and findings in NUREG–1437, Volumes 1 and 2, Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants,
  • the Environmental Report submitted by TVA,
  • consultation with Federal, State, local, and Tribal government agencies,
  • the NRC's environmental review, and
  • consideration of public comments received during the scoping process and the draft SEIS comment period.

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