Sept 9 The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
staff said there were no safety issues that would preclude a
20-year license renewal for FirstEnergy Corp's
894-megawatt Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Ohio.
The NRC staff issued the findings as part of its final
safety evaluation report released Friday.
The renewal of the Davis-Besse operating license is
controversial in part because the reactor was the site of what
the NRC has called one of the most dangerous nuclear incidents
in the United States.
In 2002, workers discovered corrosion had eaten a hole in
the plant's reactor vessel head, which kept the unit shut until
2004. Although the hole did not hurt anyone, the NRC fined
FirstEnergy more than $5 million for the actions that led to the
Davis-Besse is a pressurized-water reactor located
approximately 20 miles east of Toledo.
The current operating license expires April 22, 2017.
FirstEnergy submitted its license renewal application to the NRC
on August 27, 2010.
The NRC said the final safety report "is a significant
milestone in the license renewal review process," which proceeds
along two tracks - one for safety issues and another for
The NRC said its staff is still reviewing the environmental
part of the Davis-Besse application.
The NRC said it will not make a final licensing decision on
any reactor until it completes its waste confidence rulemaking
for the long-term storage of nuclear waste, currently scheduled
for September 2014.