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River Bend Nuclear Generating Station outside Baton Rouge, LA, earned a license renewal for an additional 20 years, federal officials said.

River Bend’s license will now expire Aug. 29, 2045, said officials at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

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The plant has a single boiling-water reactor, located in St. Francisville, LA, about 24 miles northwest of Baton Rouge. The operator, Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc., submitted the renewal application May 31, 2017.

The NRC staff’s review of the application proceeded on two tracks.

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First, a safety evaluation report was issued August 16. Second, a supplemental environmental impact statement was issued Nov. 8.

In a draft report released in June, NRC staff evaluation concluded the environmental impacts would not preclude renewing the license for an additional 20 years of operation.

The existing RBS operating license was set to expire August 29, 2025.

The NRC staff’s preliminary recommendation is 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

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