Safety Evaluation Report Related to the License Renewal of the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2 (NUREG-1831)

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Manuscript Completed: May 2005
Date Published:
July 2005

Prepared by:
J.G. Rowley

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

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This safety evaluation report (SER) documents the technical review of the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant (CNP), Units 1 and 2, license renewal application (LRA) by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff (the staff). By letter dated October 31, 2003, Indiana Michigan Power Company (the applicant) submitted the LRA for CNP in accordance with Title 10, Part 54, "Requirements for Renewal of Operating Licenses for Nuclear Power Plants" of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR Part 54 or the Rule). The applicant is requesting renewal of the operating license for CNP Unit 1 (License No. DRP-58) and CNP Unit 2 (License No. DRP-74) for a period of 20 years beyond the current license expirations of midnight, October 25, 2014 and December 23, 2017, respectively.

The CNP is located along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan in Lake Charter Township, Berrien County, Michigan; approximately 11 miles south southwest of Benton Harbor, Michigan. The nearest town is Bridgman, Michigan, which is approximately 2 miles south of the plant site. Each unit employs a pressurized water reactor (PWR) nuclear steam supply system (NSSS) furnished by Westinghouse Electric Corporation. The Unit 1 reactor is licensed for a power output of 3304 megawatts-thermal (MWt), and the Unit 2 reactor is licensed for a power output of 3468 MWt. The approximate net electrical outputs of Unit 1 and Unit 2 are 1080 megawatts-electric (MWe) and 1155 MWe, respectively.

The staff reviewed the CNP license renewal application in accordance with Commission regulations and NUREG-1800, "Standard Review Plan for Review of License Renewal Applications for Nuclear Power Plants," dated July 2001. The staff's conclusion of its review of the CNP LRA can be found in Section 6 of this SER.

The NRC CNP license renewal project manager is Mr. Jonathan Rowley. Mr. Rowley may be reached at 301-415-4053. Commenters should address written correspondence to the License Renewal and Environmental Impacts Program, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.

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