Two AP1000 reactors proposed in Levy County, Fla., passed a critical environmental review Friday.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Army Corps of Engineers announced
they have issued a positive final environmental impact statement for
the project near Progress Energy’s existing Crystal River plant. The
Corps will consider the EIS
in issuing a permit under federal laws regulating water quality, while
the NRC will include the document in its consideration of a combined
license for the reactors.
regulators were expected to issue a final safety evaluation report on
the project soon, based on a projected schedule by the NRC. The agency’s
Atomic Safety and Licensing Board is in the process of considering a
challenge to the NRC’s environmental review. After those steps are
addressed, a mandatory hearing will be the final step before an NRC
commission vote on the license.