Members of the public may now
ask for a hearing on Duke Energy's application to extend the
licenses for four nuclear reactors near Charlotte by 20 years, the
federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says.
Duke submitted applications June 13 to renew licenses
for reactors at the McGuire nuclear station on Lake Norman and
Catawba station on Lake Wylie. The commission staff has decided the
application was complete enough for a detailed review.
If the renewals are granted, the reactors at McGuire and Catawba
could operate until between 2041 and 2043. The current 40-year
licenses expire between 2021 and 2026. Requests for a hearing on the
application have to be filed by Sept. 14. Requests can come from
anyone "whose interest might be affected by the license renewals"
and who wishes to participate as a party to the proceeding.
Send requests to Secretary of the Commission, U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555-0001, Attention:
Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff.
Copies of the request should be sent to the Office of the General
Counsel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC
20555-0001 and to Michael S. Tuckman, executive vice president,
nuclear generation, Duke Energy Corp., 526 S. Church St., P.O. Box
1006, Charlotte 28201-1006.
Copies of Duke's application are at www.nrc.gov/NRC/REACTOR/LR/index.html
or through the commission's Agencywide Documents Access and
Management System by calling (301) 415-4737 or (800) 397-4209.
Copies of the McGuire application are also at the J. Murrey Atkins
Library at UNCCharlotte and the Catawba application at the Rock Hill
(S.C.) Public Library.