Waterford Steam Electric Station’s license ended up renewed for an additional 20 years, federal officials said.
Waterford’s license will now expire Dec. 18, 2044, said officials at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
The plant has a single pressurized-water reactor, located in Killona, LA, approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans. The operator, Entergy Operations Inc., submitted the renewal application in March 2016.
The NRC staff review of the application proceeded on two tracks. A safety evaluation report was issued Aug. 17, and a supplemental environmental impact statement was issued Nov. 20.
In the environmental report, released in late November, the NRC found no overly adverse environmental impacts that would preclude Waterford from earning an additional 20 years of operation.
Renewal of the Waterford operating licenses brings to 93 the number of commercial nuclear power reactors with renewed licenses (four of those have since permanently shut down). Several applications for additional renewal are currently under review. Information about reactor license renewal is available on the NRC website.