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Environmental Impact Statement for Combined Licenses (COLs) for Turkey Point Nuclear Plant Units 6 and 7, Final Report (NUREG-2176, Vol. 3)

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Manuscript Completed: October 2016
Date Published: October 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 environmental impact statement (EIS) has been prepared in response to an application submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) by Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) for two combined construction permits and operating licenses (combined licenses or COLs). The proposed actions related to the FPL application are (1) NRC issuance of COLs for two new power reactor units (Units 6 and 7) at the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant site in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and (2) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) decision to issue, deny, or issue with modifications a Department of the Army (DA) permit to perform certain dredge and fill activities in waters of the United States and to construct structures in navigable waters of the United States related to the project. The NRC, its contractors, and USACE make up the review team. The National Park Service (NPS) is also a cooperating agency on this EIS but does not now have a request to take any specific regulatory action before it. Due to this unique set of circumstances, impact determinations made in this EIS should only be attributed to the review team. This 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 EIS includes an evaluation of the impacts of construction and operation of Turkey Point Units 6 and 7 on waters of the United States pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and on navigable waters of the United States pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. The USACE will base its evaluation of FPL’s DA permit application, on the requirements of USACE regulations, the Clean Water Act Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines, and the USACE public interest review process.

After considering the environmental aspects of the proposed action before the NRC, the NRC staff’s recommendation to the Commission is that 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 this EIS, including the potential mitigation measures identified in the ER and this EIS.

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