FEIS approved for nuclear power plant's license renewal

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff said there are no adverse environmental impacts in renewing the operating license of the 1,250 MW Columbia Generating Station in Washington state.

The NRC’s final supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the plant is one of the steps toward the 20-year renewal approval. The staff has also completed its safety evaluation report that is being evaluated by NRC’s Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards.

Columbia uses one GE (NYSE: GE) Mark II boiling-water reactor operated by Energy Northwest. The current operating license expires Dec. 20, 2023. Energy Northwest submitted an application to the NRC on Jan. 19, 2010 to extend the license by 20 years.

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