NRC Grants 80-Year Licenses To Surry Units

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said Tuesday it had approved the Dominion Energy Virginia application for an additional 20 years of operation for Surry Power Station Units 1 and 2, located near Surry, Va. These renewed licenses authorize reactor operation from 60 to 80 years.

Surry NPPThey are the fifth and sixth U.S. reactors to be granted license extensions that run from 60 years to 80 years of operations. The Florida Power & Light’s units 3 and 4 at the Turkey Point generating plant and the Peach Bottom Units 2 and 3 owned by Exelon Generation have also gained extensions beyond 60 years, known as subsequent license renewals.

Dominion has also applied for subsequent license renewals for the two reactors at the North Anna generating station. The NRC is currently reviewing that application.

The rationale for the NRC’s decision on the two Surry reactors is documented in the staff’s March 2020 final Safety Evaluation Report regarding the application, as well as the staff’s April 2020 final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. The NRC Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards also reviewed the safety aspects of renewing the licenses.

The state of Virginia provided its Coastal Zone Management Act certification for the review on April 1, 2021. Dominion submitted the subsequent license renewal application on Oct. 15, 2018, for the Surry reactors, located approximately 17 miles northwest of Newport News, Va.

Surry Unit 1’s subsequent renewed license expires on May 25, 2052. Unit 2’s subsequent renewed license expires on Jan. 29, 2053.

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