Safety Evaluation Report for an Early Site Permit (ESP) at the North Anna ESP Site (NUREG-1835, Initial Report)

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Manuscript Completed: September 2005
Date Published:
September 2005

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 U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff's technical review of the site safety analysis report and emergency planning information included in the early site permit (ESP) application submitted by Dominion Nuclear North Anna, LLC (Dominion or the applicant), for the North Anna ESP site. By letter dated September 25, 2003, Dominion submitted the ESP application for the North Anna ESP site in accordance with Subpart A, "Early Site Permits," of Title 10, Part 52, "Early Site Permits; Standard Design Certifications; and Combined Licenses for Nuclear Power Plants," of the Code of Federal Regulations. The North Anna ESP site is located approximately 40 miles north-northwest of Richmond, Virginia, and is adjacent to two existing nuclear power reactors operated by Virginia Electric and Power Company, which, like Dominion Nuclear North Anna, LLC, is a subsidiary of Dominion Resources, Inc. In its application, Dominion seeks an ESP that could support a future application to construct and operate one or more additional nuclear power reactors at the ESP site, with a total nuclear generating capacity of up to 8600 megawatts (thermal).

This SER presents the results of the staff's review of information submitted in conjunction with the ESP application. The staff has identified, in Appendix A to this SER, certain site-related items that will need to be addressed at the combined license or construction permit stage, should an applicant desire to construct one or more new nuclear reactors on the North Anna ESP site. The staff determined that these items do not affect the staff's regulatory findings at the ESP stage and are, for reasons specified in Section 1.7, more appropriately addressed at later stages in the licensing process. In addition, Appendix A to this SER also identifies the proposed permit conditions that the staff recommends the Commission impose, should an ESP be issued to the applicant.

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