United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants – Regarding River Bend Station, Unit 1 – Draft Report for Comment (NUREG-1437, Supplement 58)

This publication has been issued for public comment. Comments will be accepted until July 23, 2018. To submit comments, please see Docket ID Number NRC-2017-0141.

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Manuscript Completed: May 2018
Date Published:
May 2018

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

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff prepared this draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) in response to Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Operations, Inc.'s application to renew the operating license for River Bend Station, Unit 1 (RBS) for an additional 20 years. This draft SEIS includes the NRC staff's preliminary analysis that evaluates the environmental impacts of the proposed action and alternatives to the proposed action. Alternatives considered include: (1) new nuclear power generation, (2) supercritical pulverized coal, (3) natural gas combined-cycle, (4) a combination of natural gas combined-cycle, biomass, and demand-side management, and (5) no renewal of the license (the no-action alternative). The NRC staff's preliminary recommendation is that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for RBS 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"
  • the environmental report submitted by Entergy
  • the NRC staff's consultation with Federal, State, Tribal, and local agencies
  • the NRC staff's independent environmental review
  • the NRC staff's consideration of public comments

Comments should be filed no later than 45 days after the date on which the Environmental Protection Agency notice stating that the draft environmental impact statement has been filed with EPA is published in the Federal Register. Comments received after the expiration of the comment period will be considered if it is practical to do so but assurance of consideration of late comments cannot be given.

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