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NRC Issues Interim Staff Guidance Regarding Environmental Issues Associated With New Reactors

The NRC is issuing final Interim Staff Guidance (ISG), Combined License and Early Site Permit (COL/ESP) No. 026 (COL/ESP–ISG– 026), ‘‘Environmental Issues Associated with New Reactors.’’ The purpose of the ISG is to clarify the NRC guidance and application of NUREG–1555, ‘‘Standard Review Plans for Environmental Reviews for Nuclear Power Plants: Environmental Standard Review Plan,’’ regarding the assessment of construction impacts, greenhouse gas and climate change, socioeconomics, environmental justice, need for power, alternatives, cumulative impacts, and cultural/historical resources as part of the preparation of environmental impact statements for early site permit and combined license applications.  The ISG was issued for use and comment in August 2013, and the final version incorporates comments received by, for example, making clarifications related to obligations under the National Historic Preservation Act and addressing how mitigation measures are treated in NUREG-1555.  The ISG is effective October 3, 2014.

To access COL/ESP-ISG-026, click here.

To access the Federal Register notice, click here