Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Regarding Subsequent License Renewal for Surry Power Station Units 1 and 2 – Final Report (NUREG-1437, Supplement 6, Second Renewal)

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Manuscript Completed: April 2020
Date Published: April 2020

Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff prepared this supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) as part of its environmental review of Dominion Energy Virginia's application to renew the operating licenses for Surry Power Station, Units 1 and 2 (Surry) for an additional 20 years. This SEIS includes the NRC staff's evaluation of the environmental impacts of the license renewal and alternatives to license renewal. Alternatives considered include: (1) a new nuclear (Small Modular Reactor) generation alternative, (2) a natural gas combined-cycle power plant, and (3) a combination of natural gas combined-cycle power plant, solar, and demand-side management. The NRC staff’s recommendation is that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for Surry 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: the analysis and findings in NUREG-1437, "Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants"

  • the environmental report submitted by Dominion Energy Virginia
  • 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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