Safety Evaluation of Early Site Permit Application in the Matter of System Energy Resources, Inc., a Subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, for the Grand Gulf Early Site Permit Site (NUREG-1840)

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Manuscript Completed: October 2005
Date Published: April 2006

Division of New Reactor Licensing
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 staff's technical review of the site safety analysis report and emergency planning information included with the early site permit (ESP) application submitted by System Energy Resources, Inc. (SERI or the applicant), a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, for the Grand Gulf ESP site. By letter dated October 16, 2003, SERI submitted the application for the Grand Gulf 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 (10 CFR Part 52). The Grand Gulf ESP site is in Claiborne County in southwestern Mississippi. The ESP site identified in the application is collocated with the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, Unit 1, near Port Gibson, Mississippi. In its application, SERI seeks approval of an ESP that could support a future application to construct and operate additional nuclear unit(s) at the ESP site, with total nuclear generating capacity of up to 8600 megawatts thermal (MWt), with a maximum 4300 MWt per unit.

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 Grand Gulf 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 of this SER, more appropriately addressed at later stages in the licensing process. 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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