Safety Evaluation Report Related to the License Renewal of the Point Beach Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2 (NUREG-1839)

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Manuscript Completed: October 2005
Date Published:
December 2005

Prepared by:
V. Rodriguez

Division of License Renewal
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 Point Beach Nuclear Plant (PBNP) Units 1 and 2 license renewal application (LRA) by the staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) (the staff). By letter dated February 25, 2004, Nuclear Management Company, LLC (NMC or the applicant) submitted the LRA for PBNP in accordance with Title 10, Part 54, of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR Part 54). NMC is requesting renewal of the operating licenses for PBNP Units 1 and 2 (Facility Operating License Numbers DPR-24 and DPR-27, respectively) for a period of 20 years beyond the current expiration dates of midnight, October 5, 2010, for Unit 1 and midnight, March 8, 2013, for Unit 2.

The PBNP units are located about 30 miles SE of Green Bay and about 90 miles NNE of Milwaukee in east central Wisconsin (Manitowoc County) on the west shore of Lake Michigan. The NRC issued the construction permit for PBNP Unit 1 on July 19, 1967, and for Unit 2 on July 25,1968. The operating licenses were issued by the NRC on October 5,1970, for Unit 1 and March 8, 1973 for Unit 2. The PBNP consists of two Westinghouse pressurized light-water moderated and cooled system units originally designed to generate 1518.5 megawatt thermal (MWt), or approximately 523.8 megawatt electric (MWe). Each unit has undergone a low pressure turbine retrofit modification which increases the unit design output to 537,960 kWe. In 2003, a measurement uncertainty recapture power uprate was performed increasing each unit's rated thermal power level to 1540 MWt.

This SER presents the status of the staff's review of information submitted to the NRC through August 23, 2005, the cutoff date for consideration in the SER. The staff identified open items and confirmatory items that had to be resolved before the staff could make a final determination on the application. Sections 1.5 and 1.6 of this report summarize these items and their resolutions. Section 6 presents the staff's final conclusion on the review of the PBNP application.

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