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DRESDEN NUCLEAR POWER STATION, UNIT 2: NRC Announces Locations for Public Meetings on Community Advisory Boards Associated with Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants

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By Press release submission | Jul 1, 2019


Dresden Nuclear Power Station, Unit 2 issued the following announcement on June 29.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced the general locations for public

meetings to be held this summer and fall to receive public input regarding best practices for

community advisory boards associated with decommissioning nuclear power plants. Additional

details about each meeting, including dates and specific locations, will be announced at a later time.

The Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act, signed into law in January,

included, among other things, a requirement that the NRC submit a report to Congress on best

practices for community advisory boards associated with nuclear power plants. The act requires the

NRC to hold a minimum of 10 public meetings in locations that ensure geographic diversity across

the United States, with priority given to states that request a public meeting and have a nuclear

power reactor currently decommissioning. The NRC staff sought public comment in March on

where to hold these meetings.

The meetings will be held near the following 11 nuclear power plants, listed alphabetically;

Crystal River (Florida), Diablo Canyon (California), Humboldt Bay (California), Indian Point (New

York), Kewaunee (Wisconsin), Oyster Creek (New Jersey), Palisades (Michigan), Pilgrim

(Massachusetts), San Onofre (California), Vermont Yankee (Vermont) and Zion (Illinois). The staff

will also conduct a webinar for people in other parts of the country to provide comments. The

meetings will be held from August through October.

The results of these meetings, along with data received as a result of the NRC’s other

information collection activities, will be summarized in a best practices report to be submitted to

Congress by July 14, 2020. The contents of this report will include:

• A description of topics that could be brought before a community advisory board;

• How a board’s input might inform the decision-making process of stakeholders for

various decommissioning activities;

• How a board might interact with the NRC and other federal agencies to promote

dialogue between the licensee and affected stakeholders;

• How a board might offer opportunities for public engagement throughout all phases of

decommissioning;

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• A discussion of the composition of community advisory boards; and

• Best practices relating to the establishment and operation of such boards, including

logistical considerations, frequency of meetings, the process for the selection of board

members, etc.

More information about the meetings, including dates and venues, will be posted on the

NRC’s website and published in the Federal Register.

Original source can be found here.

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