United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Environmental Impact Statement for Combined Licenses (COLs) for Turkey Point Nuclear Plant Units 6 and 7 (NUREG-2176, Supplement 1)

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Manuscript Completed: December 2016
Date Published: December 2016

Division of New Reactor Licensing
Office of New Reactors
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

Regulatory Division
Jacksonville District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville, Florida 32232-0019

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Abstract

This report supplements NUREG-2176, "Environmental Impact Statement for Combined Licenses (COLs) for Turkey Point Nuclear Plant Units 6 and 7," Final Report (EIS), dated October 2016. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Jacksonville District, prepared the EIS to document its environmental review of an application submitted to the NRC in June 2009 by Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) for combined construction and operating licenses for two new nuclear power units (Units 6 and 7) that FPL proposes to construct and operate at its Turkey Point site. The National Park Service (NPS) participated in the environmental review as a cooperating agency by providing special expertise for the areas in and around the adjacent national parks (Biscayne and Everglades National Parks). The NPS's participation in the environmental review does not imply NPS concurrence in the final EIS or its conclusions. All impact determinations made in the EIS should not be attributed to the NPS, but only the NRC and USACE, also referred to as the review team. The final EIS documents the review team's analysis, which considers and weighs the environmental impacts of constructing and operating two new nuclear units at the Turkey Point site and at alternative sites, including measures potentially available for reducing or avoiding adverse impacts.

The NRC issued NUREG-2176 in draft form in February 2015, and solicited comments on the draft EIS. Appendix E to the final EIS identifies and responds to the comments received on the draft EIS. However, 59 comment letters that were submitted to the NRC during the comment period on the draft EIS were inadvertently not included in Appendix E to the final EIS. The 59 comment letters were discovered after the publication of the final EIS in October 2016. This supplement to NUREG-2176 considers and responds to these 59 comment letters. This supplement documents the review team evaluation of each comment letter not included in the final EIS. While the comments do not provide new and significant information regarding the project or its environmental impacts, the NRC staff is of the opinion that, in view of the circumstances described above, and in accordance with 10 CFR 51.92(c), preparation of a supplement to the final EIS will further the purposes of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA).

On the basis of the information documented in the final EIS (NUREG-2176) and this supplement, the review team finds that the comment letters not included in the final EIS did not provide information that would change the analysis in the final EIS or the NRC staff's recommendation to the Commission the COLs be issued as proposed. This recommendation is based on (1) the application, including the Environmental Report (ER), submitted by FPL; (2) consultation with Federal, State, Tribal, and local agencies; (3) the review team's independent review; (4) the consideration of public comments received on the environmental review; and (5) the assessments summarized in the EIS and this supplement, including the potential mitigation measures identified in the ER and the final EIS.

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