skip to main content

Title: Site Selection & Characterization Status Report for Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP)

In the near future, the US Department of Energy (DOE) will need to make important decisions regarding design and construction of the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP). One part of making these decisions is considering the potential environmental impacts that this facility may have, if constructed here at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 provides DOE decision makers with a process to systematically consider potential environmental consequences of agency decisions. In addition, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Title VI, Subtitel C, Section 644) states that the 'Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) shall have licensing and regulatory authority for any reactor authorized under this subtitle.' This stipulates that the NRC will license the NGNP for operation. The NRC NEPA Regulations (10 CFR Part 51) require tha thte NRC prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a permit to construct a nuclear power plant. The applicant is required to submit an Environmental report (ER) to aid the NRC in complying with NEPA.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1048412
Report Number(s):
INL/EXT-12-25796
TRN: US1204268
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE - NE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; CONSTRUCTION; DESIGN; ENERGY POLICY; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY; LICENSING; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; REGULATIONS; SITE SELECTION; US NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT; NUCLEAR FACILITIES NRC; Nuclear Regulatory Commission