Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Regarding Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant – Final Report, Chapters 1 to 8(NUREG-1437, Supplement 56, Volume 1)

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Manuscript Completed: August 2016
Date Published: September 2016

Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation

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This supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) has been prepared in response to an application submitted by DTE Electric Company (DTE), to renew the operating license for the Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant for an additional 20 years.

This SEIS includes analyses that evaluate the environmental impacts of the proposed action and the alternatives to the proposed action. Alternatives considered include: (1) natural gas combined-cycle (NGCC), (2) coal-integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC), (3) new nuclear power generation, (4) a combination of NGCC, wind, and solar generation, and (5) the no-action alternative (i.e., no renewal of the license).

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff's recommendation is that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for Fermi 2 are not so great that preserving the option of license renewal for energy-planning decisionmakers would be unreasonable. The NRC staff based its recommendation on the following factors:

  • the analysis and findings in NUREG–1437, Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants, Volumes 1 and 2;
  • the Environmental Report submitted by DTE;
  • consultation with Federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies;
  • the NRC staff's independent environmental review; and
  • consideration of public comments received during the scoping process and received on the draft SEIS (DSEIS).

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