NRC finds new reactors at Levy Site in Florida to be safe

Published on June 09, 2016 by Jessica Limardo

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) completed its Final Safety Evaluation Report for Combined Licenses (COLs) on Monday for two new reactors at a Levy County site in Florida and found no safety concerns upon which to deny the proposal.

The NRC evaluation included an inspection to assess the potential safety hazards of both the construction and operation of the two new reactors at the Levy County Nuclear Power Plant. The NRC will soon submit its Final Environmental Impact Statement for Levy County to the Florida Public Service Commission for final review.

The commission will hold a hearing later this year to determine if the NRC found reasonable cause to grant the license. Commissioners will also vote on whether or not to accept the proposal following the hearing.

Duke Energy Florida, formerly Progress Energy Florida, submitted the COL application for the Levy County Plant on July 30, 2008. It sought permission to construct and operate two updated AP1000 nuclear reactors at the nuclear plant. In 2012, the NRC certified and amended the 1,100-megawatt API000 reactor design.

The NRC published its Levy County reviews on its website for public viewing. Its reports include reactor safeguards, a final safety review, and an environmental impact evaluation.