Entergy’s River Bend nuclear power plant near Baton Rouge, Louisiana is looking to renew its license and federal officials are seeking public comment on a draft supplemental environmental impact statement.
A draft report contains the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) staff evaluation and preliminary conclusion the environmental impacts would not preclude renewing the license for an additional 20 years of operation.
River Bend is a boiling-water reactor located about 24 miles northwest of Baton Rouge. Entergy Louisiana, LLC, and Entergy Operations Inc., submitted the renewal application on May 31, 2017.
The NRC’s review of the application consists of a technical safety review and an environmental review.
The draft supplemental environmental impact statement is supplement 58 to NUREG-1437, Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants.
The existing RBS operating license (NPF-47) expires on August 29, 2025. The NRC will decide whether to issue a renewed license for an additional 20 years of operations.
The NRC staff’s preliminary recommendation is that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for RBS are not so great that preserving the option of license renewal for energy-planning decisionmakers would be unreasonable. The NRC staff based its recommendation on the following:
• Analysis and findings in NUREG–1437, “Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants”
• Environmental report submitted by Entergy
• Consultation with Federal, State, Tribal, and local agencies
• Independent environmental review
• Consideration of public comments during the scoping process
The NRC provided detailed instructions on how to submit written comments on the draft supplemental environmental impact statement. Comments will be accepted through July 23. The River Bend license renewal application and general information about reactor license renewal are available on the NRC website.