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December 14, 2007

Nine new reactors in the United States licensing process

Duke Energy today submitted a combined construction and operating license (COL) application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a proposed two-unit nuclear station in Cherokee County, S.C. The proposed two-unit William States Lee III Nuclear Station will have a capacity of 2,234 megawatts. It is the first new COL with a new site (not going beside existing reactors).

There are four other license applications for 6 reactors.

Bellefonte Nuclear Site Units 3 and 4 (2 reactors) Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
TVA's Bellefonte site near Scottsboro in Jackson County, Alabama

Calvert Cliffs Unit 3 Lusby, MD (Maryland) UniStar Nuclear and Constellation
(adjacent to Calvert Cliffs Units 1 and 2)

North Anna Unit 3 Dominion Virginia Power (Dominion)
Existing site of North Anna Units 1 & 2, approximately 40 miles north-northwest of Richmond, Virginia

South Texas Project Units 3 and 4 STP Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC)
Existing site of STP 1 and 2 in Matagorda County, Texas

There is also a plant in Idaho which has begun county licensing but has not applied to the NRC

The pace of applications is on pace with the expected schedule.

Early site permits (ESP) are also being considered. ESP are sometimes done before COL. Southern Nuclear Operating company has an ESP being reviewed for two reactors for Vogtle, Georgia.

1 comments:

Marc Longoria said...

Very nice article! Texas may become the largest producer of nuclear sites soon: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=a980jwliyVpA&refer=us