Thursday, January 15, 2009

Entergy Suspends Application For New Power Plant Permits

Entergy has requested the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to suspend its combined operating license (COLA) for its Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (GGNS) in Port Gibson, Mississippi.

Entergy tendered a combined license application (COLA) by letter for one economic simplified boiling water reactor (ESBWR) to be constructed and operated at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (GGNS Unit 3) site on February 27, 2008. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) informed Entergy by letter that the staff had completed its acceptance review and determined that your application was acceptable for docketing on April 17, 2008. Entergy requested the NRC temporarily suspend its review of the GGNS Unit 3 COLA until further notice pending re-evaluation of alternative reactor technologies on January 9, 2009.

This suspension will require a COLA revision and Entergy deferred the planned revision of the COLA, which was due in mid-February 2009. Entergy plans to provide an update on the progress of the technology selection by July 31, 2009. The NRC has suspended review of the GGNS Unit 3 COLA. The GGNS Unit 3 COLA remains docketed. Upon submittal of the revised COLA, the NRC will conduct acceptance and technical reviews, as the staff deems appropriate, and in consideration of resources and priorities at that point in time.

NRC Letter To Entergy

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