Seabrook - License Renewal News


NRC to begin review of Seabrook license renewal

Fosters Daily Democrat (Dover, NH) -- July 21, 2010

SEABROOK — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is set to begin their review of an application that has NextEra Energy Seabrook seeking a 20 year extension on its operating license.

The owners of the Seabrook plant are seeking a renewal that would allow the facility to operate through 2050.

The NRC has announced the opportunity to request a hearing on NextEra's application to renew the operating license for a Seabrook Station nuclear reactor facility that can generate up to 1,245 megawatts of power at any one time.

The Seabrook Station pressurized-water nuclear reactor is located roughly 13 miles south of Portsmouth.

NextEra Energy Seabrook — the holder of the a current license set to expire on March 15, 2030 — submitted a renewal application to the NRC on May 25 seeking a 20 year extension.

Officials say the NRC staff has determined that the application contains sufficient information for the agency to formally "docket" or file the application and begin its technical review.

A decision on the application request isn't expected until December of 2012, according to the NRC website detailing the Seabrook renewal application.

Docketing the application does not preclude requesting additional information as the review proceeds, nor does it indicate whether or not the Commission will renew the operating license.

NRC Region 1 spokesman Neil Sheehan said the filing of the renewal application has initiated a process by which individuals, businesses, governments or organizations can request a hearing if they are deemed to be impacted by the renewal and if they can demonstrate a legitimate concern.

Those interested in requesting a hearing must do so within a 60 day window that began on Tuesday.
By that date, petitions must be filed by anyone whose interest may be affected by the license renewal and who wishes to participate as a party in the proceeding.

Detailed instructions for requesting a hearing through the NRC's "E-filing" system's electronic submittal page can be found at http://www.nrc.gov/site-help/e-submittals.html.

For specific guidance and instructions on public involvement in hearings visit http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/regulatory/adjudicatory/hearing.html.

Information about the license renewal process can be found on the NRC website at http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/licensing/renewal.html.

The Seabrook Station renewal application is online at http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/licensing/renewal/applications/seabrook.html.

Sheehan said the public will also have an opportunity to learn more about the renewal application and review process on Aug. 19 at two "scoping" meetings set to take place at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Galley Hatch Conference Center at 815 Lafayette Road in Hampton.