Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants – Regarding Waterford Steam Electric Station, Unit 3 – Final Report (NUREG-1437, Supplement 59)

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Manuscript Completed: November 2018
Date Published: November 2018

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 Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Operations, Inc. (collectively referred to as Entergy), to renew the operating license for the Waterford Steam Electric Station Unit 3 (WF3) for an additional 20 years.

This SEIS includes the preliminary analyses that evaluate the environmental impacts of the proposed action and the alternatives to the proposed action. Alternatives considered include: (1) new nuclear power generation, (2) supercritical pulverized coal (SCPC) (3) natural gas combined cycle (NGCC), (4) a combination of NGCC, biomass and demand side management (DSM) and (5) the no-action alternative (i.e., no renewal of the license).

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff's preliminary recommendation is that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for WF3 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 Entergy;
  • consultation with Federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies; and
  • the NRC staff's independent environmental review.

No public comments were received at the public meeting held on June 8, 2016 in Hahnville, Louisiana or during the scoping period.

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