Friday, February 06, 2009

NRC Holding Hearings on Application for New Nuclear Power Plant in Upstate New York

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is holding hearings on February 25, 2009 on environmental issues related to an application to build a new nuclear reactor at Nine Mile Point in upstate New York, near Oswego. See Hearings Set on Plan for Fourth Nuclear Reactor at Nine Mile Point in Scriba.

A September 2008 press release from Unistar Nuclear Energy, an affiliate in a complicated holding company and partnership arrangement with Constellation and EDF, indicates it will build "a 1,600-megawatt nuclear plant that can generate electricity for more than one million households."

The Unistar application, environmental report and other information about the plan is available at the NRC web page for the Nine Mile application. The NRC site indicates the reactor will be an an AREVA U.S. Evolutionary Power Reactor. The NRC site indicates that the U.S. EPR "is an evolutionary pressurized-water reactor (PWR), designed by AREVA Nuclear Power. It is a four-loop plant with a rated thermal output of 4,500 MWt."

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