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“Environmental impacts of renewing the Turkey Point (nuclear) licenses are so limited that preserving the renewal option for energy-planning decisionmakers would not be unreasonable,” said officials at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Those convoluted words came as the NRC staff issued the agency’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) regarding Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) application to operate the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station Units 3 and 4 for an additional 20 years.

The units are located 20 miles south of Miami. The final statement was developed in cooperation with the U.S. National Park Service, Southeast Region.

FPL submitted the Turkey Point subsequent license renewal application on Jan. 30, 2018. The subsequent license renewal process determines whether an operating reactors’ license can be extended for an additional 20 years of operation (from 60 to 80 years).

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The application, less proprietary details, is available on the NRC website.

The NRC held meetings in Homestead, FL, in May 2018 to collect comments from the surrounding community regarding issues to include in the environmental review, with additional meetings held in Homestead in March 2019. The final statement includes the staff’s consideration of comments submitted during the review from the public and federal, state, local and tribal agencies.

The NRC’s final decision on the Turkey Point subsequent license renewal application will also take into account the staff’s July 2019 final Safety Evaluation Report regarding the application.

The NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has also concluded there is no basis to hold a hearing on the renewal application; the Board’s decision can be appealed to the full Commission.

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