Wisconsin nuclear energy plant license extension wants extra environmental overview, fee says | WUWM 89.7 FM

The proposed license extensions for the 2 reactors at Wisconsin’s solely business nuclear energy plant have hit a serious snag.

Florida-based Subsequent Period Vitality owns the Level Seashore plant north of Manitowoc. The plant sells energy to WE Energies. The Nuclear Regulatory Fee, or NRC, has been reviewing Subsequent Period’s proposal for extensions of the reactor licenses that may preserve the reactors working for an additional 20 years past their present expiration dates of eight and 11 years from now. The plant is already working on a license extension okay’d greater than a decade in the past. Level Seashore would flip almost 80 years previous by 2050.

However as a part of a legal case involving so-called subsequent, or second, license extensions at different nuclear crops, the NRC has issued a memo requiring the Level Seashore proposal to undergo a extra intensive environmental impression assertion than what’s referred to as a generic one, or GEIS.

Hannah Mortensen of the anti-nuclear group Physicians for Social Duty-Wisconsin says it is a huge win. “We’ll have newer knowledge, which is great. The GEIS was utilizing previous knowledge, particularly when it got here to local weather change, and various power sources and renewables.”

Some renewable power advocates hope that extra wind, photo voltaic and different types of cleaner energy can scale back the necessity for nuclear crops. There are additionally extra breakthroughs in power effectivity and conservation.

Subsequent Period’s media workplace didn’t reply to our request for remark. Mortensen says it is seemingly a last resolution on the Level Seashore license extensions will likely be pushed into 2023 or later.

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