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NRC says no safety issues to impede nuclear power plant license renewal

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said there are no technical issues to stop the license renewal for the Callaway nuclear power plant in Missouri.

The NRC staff issued its final safety evaluation report (SER), which gives approval for a 20-year license extension. The documents show that Union Electric has identified actions to manage the effects of aging in the appropriate systems, structures and components of the plant, and that their functions will be maintained during the period of extended operation.

The process proceeds along two tracks: One for review of safety issues and another for environmental issues. The draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) was published for public comment in February, and the final SEIS is expected to be published in November.

The Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards will discuss the SER and the license renewal application during an Oct. 2 meeting and then submit its recommendation on license renewal to the NRC.

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