Regulator Will Hear Challenge to New Fermi Reactors

Regulators will consider two challenges to DTE Energy's application to build a new reactor at the Fermi plant in Michigan.

Rendering of Fermi 3. Source: Black & VeatchOn Friday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced its Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will hold a hearing Oct. 30 in Monroe, Mich., on challenges to the project's license from several environmental groups. Specifically, they contend that a final environmental impact statement for the reactor issued in January did not adequately analyze the plant's potential impact on the eastern fox snake. They will also argue that safety analyses by DTE Energy (formerly Detroit Edison) and its contractor had quality assurance problems.

While the utility hasn't committed to build the plant, DTE in 2008 applied for a combined license for a GE-Hitachi Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor. Known as unit 3, it would add roughly 1,520 megawatts of power generation to the site between Detroit and Toledo.

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