Dominion to study if its nuclear reactors can run 80 years

Dominion Resources extend nuclear operating license North Anna Surry Millstone nuclear power plants NRC Virginia Connecticut

Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) is studying whether it can run its six nuclear reactors for 80 years.

The company is conducting preliminary internal reviews to support extending the operating licenses of the units at the Surry and North Anna nuclear plants in Virginia, and the Millstone nuclear plant in Connecticut, for an additional 20 years, according to The Associated Press. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission already extended the 40-year operating licenses for the plants by an additional 20 years.

Surry 1 is licensed to operate until 2032, Surry 2 until 2033. North Anna 1 and 2 are scheduled to run until 2038 and 2040, respectively, while Millstone 2 and 3’s licenses are set to expire in 2035 and 2045, respectively.

Critics of the study said in the article that keeping the plants running 20 more years past their lifespan will expose residents to risks.

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