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

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Manuscript Completed: October 2018
Date Published: November 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 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 SEIS includes the NRC staff's 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 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

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