United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

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

This publication has been issued for public comment. Comments will be accepted until December 12, 2019. To submit comments, please see Docket ID Number NRC-2018-0280.

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Manuscript Completed: October 2019
Date Published: October 2019

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

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Abstract

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff prepared this draft 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 draft SEIS includes the NRC staff's preliminary 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 preliminary 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

Comments on this draft SEIS should be filed no later than 45 days after the date on which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notice, stating that this draft SEIS has been filed with the 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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