NRC terminates license application for Entergy’s River Bend Unit 3

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will say in June 21 Federal Register notice that Entergy is withdrawing an application for a combined license for a single unit of the Economic Simplified Boiling-Water Reactor.

This reactor is identified as River Bend Station Unit 3, to have been located at the current River Bend Nuclear Station site near St. Francisville, Louisiana, in West Feliciana Parish. The effective date of the withdrawal of the application for combined license is June 21.

A notice of receipt and availability of this application was previously published in the Federal Register in November 2008. In December 2008, a subsequent notice was published in the Federal Register announcing the acceptance of the River Bend combined license application for docketing.

By letter dated Jan. 9, 2009, Entergy Operations requested that the NRC temporarily suspend the combined license application review, including any supporting reviews by external agencies, until further notice. The NRC granted the suspension request. By letter dated Dec. 4, 2015, EOI requested the NRC to withdraw the River Bend license application from the docket.

The River Bend plant, operated by Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, has 974 MW of Maximum Dependable Capacity.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy's Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication's editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University.

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