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NRC to Issue Early Site Permit for Potential Nuclear Reactor in NJ

An early site permit will be issued for a potential nuclear plant site located next to operating nuclear plants in New Jersey.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board found the staff’s review of the application from PSEG Power LLC and PSEG Nuclear LLC was adequate to make the necessary regulatory safety and environmental findings. The new plant would be located adjacent to the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear plants. The technical review covered issues such as how the site’s characteristics could affect plant safety, environmental protection, and plans for coping with emergencies. The staff published the final safety evaluation in September 2015 and the final environmental impact statement for the permits in November 2015.

The NRC staff will work to issue the ESP, and the permit will be valid for up to 20 years from the issuance date. The permit resolves a number of site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, but does not authorize any NRC-regulated construction work. PSEG would have to apply separately for a license to build and operate a nuclear plant at the site.

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