Safety Evaluation Report Related to the License Renewal of Cooper Nuclear Station (NUREG-1944)

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Manuscript Completed: October 2010
Date Published: October 2010

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 Cooper Nuclear Station (CNS) license renewal application (LRA) by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff (the staff). By letter dated September 24, 2008, Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD or the applicant) submitted the LRA in accordance with Title 10, Part 54, of the Code of Federal Regulations, "Requirements for Renewal of Operating Licenses for Nuclear Power Plants." NPPD requests renewal of the CNS operating license (Facility Operating License Number DPR-46) for a period of 20 years beyond the current expiration at midnight January 18, 2014. CNS is located in Nemaha County, Nebraska, on the west bank of the Missouri River at river mile 532.5. The NRC issued the construction permit for CNS in June 1968 and operating license on January 18, 1974. CNS is a boiling-water reactor (BWR) design. General Electric supplied the nuclear steam supply system and Burns and Roe originally designed and constructed the balance of the plant. The CNS licensed power output is 2,419 megawatt thermal (MWt) with a gross electrical output of approximately 830 megawatt electric (MWe). The staff identified open items that must be resolved before any final determination can be made on the LRA. SER Section 1.5 summarizes these items and their resolutions. With the resolution of open items and on the basis of its review, the staff concludes that the requirements for license renewal have been met.

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