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License for proposed Fermi 3 moves forward

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Frenchtown Township — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s staff has recommended approval of an operating license for a proposed addition to DTE Energy Co.’s Fermi nuclear plant in southeastern Michigan.

The Monroe News reports the NRC staff says the Detroit-based utility should get a combined operating license for the Fermi 3 plant.

Guy Cerullo, manager of nuclear communications at Fermi, says that if the 40-year operating license is granted it would give DTE more options when considering energy alternatives. The newspaper reports that a construction license also is included.

Cerullo says the utility hasn’t committed to building Fermi 3.

The existing Fermi 2 plant is in Monroe County’s Frenchtown Township, near Monroe, and provides 1,170 megawatts. The proposed Fermi 3 plant would provide 1,560 megawatts. Fermi 1 has been offline since 1972.