Safety Evaluation Report Related to the License Renewal of Duane Arnold Energy Center (NUREG-1955)

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Manuscript Completed September 2010
Date Published: November 2010

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

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This safety evaluation report (SER) documents the technical review of the Duane Arnold Energy Center (DAEC) license renewal application (LRA) by the United States (U.S.) Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff (the staff). By letter dated September 30, 2008, Florida Power and Light Energy Duane Arnold, LLC (FPL-DA 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." FPL-DA requests renewal of the DAEC operating license (Facility Operating License Number DPR-49) for a period of 20 years beyond the current expiration at midnight February 21, 2014.

DAEC is located approximately 8 miles northwest of Cedar Rapids, IA. The NRC issued the construction permit for DAEC on June 22, 1970. The NRC issued the operating license for DAEC on November 22, 1974. General Electric supplied the Mark 1 boiling water reactor (BWR) design nuclear steam supply system and Bechtel Power Corporation originally designed and constructed the balance of the plant. The licensed power output is 1,912 megawatts-thermal with a gross electrical output of approximately 629 megawatts-electric.

This SER presents the status of the staff's review of information submitted through August 18, 2010, the cutoff date for consideration in the SER. On May 7, 2010, the staff issued a draft SER which identified two open items that had to be resolved before the staff could make a final determination on the application. The two open items have now been resolved. SER Section 1.5 summarizes these items and their resolutions. SER Section 6 provides the staff's final conclusion on the review of the DAEC LRA that the requirements for license renewal have been met.

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