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NRC Approves License Renewals for Braidwood Nuclear Power Plant

NRC Approves License Renewals for Braidwood Nuclear Power Plant

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) renewed the operating licenses of units 1 and 2 of the Braidwood nuclear power plant in Illinois.
 
The NRC approved the 20-year license extensions of the pressurized water reactors at the plant. Unit 1 can now operate until Oct. 17, 2046, and Unit 2 until Dec. 18, 2047. Plant operator Exelon (NYSE: EXC) submitted a renewal application May 29, 2013.
 
NRC staff reviewed the application on two tracks. A safety evaluation report, which also covered Exelon’s Byron nuclear plant, was issued in July 2015. A supplemental environmental impact statement was issued in November.
 
Braidwood’s license renewals brings to 83 the number of commercial nuclear power plants with renewed license, though two have since permanently shut down. Another 11 renewals are currently under evaluation.
 
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