NRC seeks public input on environmental impact statement for proposed D.C. Cook nuclear plant license renewal

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 3, 2004 — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will conduct two public meetings on November 9 in Bridgman, Michigan, to receive public input on the environmental review related to an application to extend the operating licenses for the D. C. Cook 1 and 2 nuclear power plants. The plants, which are operated by American Electric Power Co., are located near Bridgman.

Members of the public are invited to attend and comment on the NRC’s draft document on the environmental impact of the proposed license renewal. The meetings will be held in the Lake Charter Township Hall, 3220 Shawnee Road, Bridgman.

The first session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m. The second session, which will offer the same presentations as the first session, will be at 7 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. The NRC staff will also host an open house beginning one hour before the start of each meeting to provide members of the public with an opportunity to talk informally with agency staff. However, formal comments must be expressed during the transcribed meetings.

Both sessions will begin with an overview and an NRC staff presentation on the environmental review process for license renewal applications. After the NRC presentation, members of the public will be given the opportunity to present their comments on the draft supplement to the Generic Environmental Impact Statement on license renewal. The draft supplement includes information specific to the D. C. Cook facility.

Under NRC regulations, the original operating license for a nuclear power plant has a term of 40 years. The license may be renewed for up to an additional 20 years if NRC requirements are met. The current operating license for D. C. Cook 1 is due to expire on Oct. 25, 2014, while the current operating license for D. C. Cook 2 is scheduled to terminate on Dec. 23, 2017.

American Electric Power submitted its license renewal application on November 3, 2003. As part of its application, the company submitted an environmental report. A copy of the application is available via the NRC’s web site at: http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/licensing/renewal/applications/cook.html. A copy of the draft supplement to the Generic Environmental Impact Statement is available at the same location.

In addition, the D. C. Cook license renewal documents are available for review at the Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake St., Bridgman, and the Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library, 500 Market St., St. Joseph, Mich.

For planning purposes, individuals wishing to speak at the meetings are encouraged to pre-register by contacting Robert Schaaf at 1-800- 368-5642, extension 1312, or by e-mail at CookEIS@nrc.gov no later than Nov. 3. Interested parties may also register to speak before the start of the meeting. Time for comments may be limited to accommodate all speakers.

Written comments on the draft supplement to the GEIS will also be considered by the NRC staff. Comments should be submitted either by mail to the Chief, Rules and Directives Branch, Division of Administrative Services, Mail Stop T-6 D 59, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, or by e-mail to CookEIS@nrc.gov.

At the conclusion of the public comment period on December 8, 2004, the NRC staff will consider and address the comments submitted and issue a final supplement to the GEIS. That supplement will contain a recommendation regarding the environmental acceptability of the proposed license renewal.

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