Exelon Generation Company, LLC; Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3; Proposed License Amendment To Increase the Maximum Reactor Power Level, 63506-63516 [2013-24902]

Download as PDF 63506 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 206 / Thursday, October 24, 2013 / Notices the type of valve used as the air return check valve from a check valve to a SOV; redesigns the PSS insidecontainment header; and adds a PSS containment penetration. The Commission has determined for these amendments that the application complies with the standards and requirements of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), and the Commission’s rules and regulations. The Commission has made appropriate findings as required by the Act and the Commission’s rules and regulations in 10 CFR Chapter I, which are set forth in the license amendment. A notice of consideration of issuance of amendment to facility operating license or combined license, as applicable, proposed no significant hazards consideration determination, and opportunity for a hearing in connection with these actions, was published in the Federal Register on March 4, 2013 (78 FR 14126). No comments were received during the 60day comment period. The Commission has determined that these amendments satisfy the criteria for categorical exclusion in accordance with 10 CFR 51.22. Therefore, pursuant to 10 CFR 51.22(b), no environmental impact statement or environmental assessment need be prepared for these amendments. IV. Conclusion Using the reasons set forth in the combined safety evaluation, the staff granted the exemption and issued the amendment that the licensee requested on February 7, 2013, and supplemented by letter dated July 11, 2013. The exemption and amendment were issued on August 22, 2013 as part of a combined package to the licensee. (ADAMS Accession No. ML13212A108). Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 7th day of October 2013. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Denise McGovern, Senior Project Manager, Licensing Branch 4, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of New Reactors. [FR Doc. 2013–24886 Filed 10–23–13; 8:45 am] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 7590–01–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Oct 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 50–277 and 50–278; NRC– 2013–0232] Exelon Generation Company, LLC; Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3; Proposed License Amendment To Increase the Maximum Reactor Power Level Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Draft environmental assessment and draft finding of no significant Impact; opportunity to comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering issuance of amendments to Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. DPR–44 and DPR–56, issued to Exelon Generation Company, LLC (Exelon, the licensee), for operation of the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station (PBAPS), Units 2 and 3, located in York and Lancaster Counties, Pennsylvania. The proposed amendments would authorize an increase in the maximum reactor power level from 3514 megawatts thermal (MWt) to 3951 MWt. DATES: Comments must be filed by November 25, 2013. Any potential party as defined in Section 2.4 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), who believe access to Sensitive Unclassified Non-Safeguards Information (SUNSI) is necessary to respond to this notice must request document access by November 4, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may submit comment by any of the following methods (unless this document describes a different method for submitting comments on a specific subject): • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2013–0232. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301–287–3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individual(s) listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. • Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, Announcements, and Directives Branch (RADB), Office of Administration, Mail Stop: 3WFN, 06– 44M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001. For additional direction on accessing information and submitting comments, see ‘‘Accessing Information and Submitting Comments’’ in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Richard B. Ennis, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555; telephone: 301–415–1420; email: Rick.Ennis@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Accessing Information and Submitting Comments A. Accessing Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2013– 0232 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may access publicly-available information related to this action by the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2013–0232. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may access publiclyavailable documents online in the NRC Library at http://www.nrc.gov/readingrm/adams.html. To begin the search, select ‘‘ADAMS Public Documents’’ and then select ‘‘Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.’’ For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, 301–415–4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. The ADAMS accession number for each document referenced in this notice (if that document is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is referenced. The application for amendment is dated September 28, 2012, and is supplemented by letters dated February 15, 2013, May 7, 2013, May 24, 2013, June 4, 2013, June 27, 2013, July 30, 2013, July 31, 2013, August 5, 2013, August 22, 2013, August 29, 2013, and September 13, 2013 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML122860201, ML13051A032, ML13129A143, ML13149A145, ML13156A368, ML13182A025, ML13211A457, ML13213A285, ML13217A431, ML13240A002, ML13241A418, and ML13260A076, respectively). The application and some of the supplements contain SUNSI (proprietary information) and, accordingly, the proprietary information has been withheld from public disclosure. Redacted versions of the documents containing proprietary information have been made publicly available and can be accessed via the applicable ADAMS accession numbers listed above. • NRC’s PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public documents at the NRC’s PDR, Room O1–F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 206 / Thursday, October 24, 2013 / Notices B. Submitting Comments Please include Docket ID NRC–2013– 0232 in the subject line of your comment submission, in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make your comment submission available to the public in this docket. The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact information that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your comment submission. The NRC posts all comment submissions at http:// www.regulations.gov as well as entering the comment submissions into ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove identifying or contact information. If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove such information before making the comment submissions available to the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS. II. Introduction The NRC has prepared this draft Environmental Assessment (EA), in accordance with 10 CFR 51.21, and this draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), in accordance with 10 CFR 51.33, for the proposed license amendments. The draft EA and draft FONSI are being published in the Federal Register with a 30-day public comment period ending November 25, 2013. Publishing these documents as draft for comment, with a 30-day comment period, is in accordance with the NRC guidance for this type of license amendment, RS–001, ‘‘Review Standard for Extended Power Uprates,’’ dated December 2003 (ADAMS Accession No. ML033640024). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES III. Draft Environmental Assessment Plant Site and Environs PBAPS consists of Units 1, 2, and 3 located on approximately 620 acres of land in Peach Bottom Township, York County, Pennsylvania on the west bank of the Susquehanna River. The site is approximately 38 miles north of Baltimore, Maryland; 19 miles southwest of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and 30 miles southeast of York, Pennsylvania. The area within 6 miles of the site includes parts of York and Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania and parts of Harford and Cecil Counties in VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Oct 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 Maryland. The property around the site is predominantly rural, characterized by farmland and woods. Units 2 and 3 are General Electric Type 4, Mark I boiling-water reactors. In addition to Units 2 and 3, the site contains turbine buildings, intake and discharge canals, auxiliary buildings, switchyards, an interim spent fuel storage installation, a training center, a public boat ramp, a picnic area, and the retired Unit 1 reactor. Unit 1 is located adjacent to Units 2 and 3. It was a prototype, high-temperature, gas-cooled reactor which operated from 1966 to 1974. Unit 1 is permanently shut down, defueled, and is maintained in a safe storage, surveillance, security, and maintenance condition. It is not part of this application and will be decommissioned in the future. Units 2 and 3 at PBAPS have a common once-through heat dissipation system that draws water from and discharges to the Conowingo Pond. The Conowingo Pond is a reservoir on the Susquehanna River formed by the Conowingo Dam (located approximately 8.5 miles downstream of the PBAPS site) and the Holtwood Dam (located approximately 6 miles upstream of the PBAPS site). The Conowingo and Holtwood Dams each provide hydroelectric generation. The Conowingo Pond has a surface area of approximately 9,000 acres with 35 miles of shoreline. It has a width that varies from 0.5 to 1.3 miles and a maximum depth of 98 feet (ft). In addition to providing cooling water for PBAPS, Conowingo Pond is used as a fish and wildlife resource, for recreation, and as a source of public water. Units 2 and 3 use six circulating water pumps (three per unit), each rated at 250,000 gallons per minute (gpm), which draw water from Conowingo Pond at a rate of 1.5 million gpm when all six pumps are running. Water drawn from Conowingo Pond passes through a series of intake structures before it is circulated through two main condensers. From these condensers, water passes through a series of discharge structures and then flows to Conowingo Pond where the heat is dissipated to the environment. Exelon also maintains three mechanical draft helper cooling towers that have the capacity to handle approximately 60 percent of the cooling water circulating through Units 2 and 3. Water drawn from Conowingo Pond flows into a 487 ft long outer intake structure along the west bank of Conowingo Pond. Trash racks protect 32 outer intake openings and prevent large floating debris and ice floes from reaching 24 PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63507 traveling screens. This cooling water intake structure is designed to reduce impingement by preventing fish and small debris from entering the system. The intake structure allows fish to avoid the screens by having a low approach velocity. The screens are made of 3/8inch square mesh and are placed approximately 40 ft behind the outer trash racks in the outer intake structure. From the outer intake structure, water enters two, 700 ft-long and 200 ft-wide, intake basins. The cooling water for the condensers is drawn from these two intake basins. Cooling water discharges from the condensers into a 700 ft-long and 400 ftwide discharge basin where the heated cooling water then flows through a 4700 ft-long discharge canal. Three adjustable discharge gates at the end of the discharge canal control the flow to Conowingo Pond and maintain a discharge velocity between 5 and 8 ft/second. Identification of the Proposed Action The proposed action is the issuance of amendments to the licenses PBAPS, Units 2 and 3, which would increase the maximum licensed thermal power level, for each reactor, from 3,514 MWt to 3,951 MWt. This change, referred to as an extended power uprate (EPU), represents an increase of approximately 12.4 percent above the current licensed thermal power level. This change is considered an EPU by the NRC because it exceeds the typical 7 percent power increase that can be accommodated with only minor plant changes. An EPU usually requires significant modifications to major plant equipment. The proposed EPU for PBAPS, Units 2 and 3, will require significant modifications as discussed in Attachment 9 to the licensee’s application dated September 28, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12286A011). If approved, these amendments would allow the heat output of each reactor to increase, which would increase the flow of steam to the turbines. This would increase the production of electricity, increase the amount of waste heat delivered to the condensers, and slightly raise the temperature of the water discharged into Conowingo Pond. Plant modifications to implement the EPU are expected to occur during normal refueling outages that occur for each reactor once every 24 months and typically last for 30 to 40 days. If the EPU is approved, Unit 2 and 3 are expected to begin operating at the EPU core power level of 3,951 MWt in 2014 and 2015, respectively. E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1 63508 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 206 / Thursday, October 24, 2013 / Notices The Need for the Proposed Action The current licenses for PBAPS, Units 2 and 3, contain a maximum authorized thermal power level for each reactor. The licensee desires to increase this power level in order to increase the electrical output of the plant without the need to site and construct new facilities. To allow this to occur, the NRC must amend the licenses for each unit to authorize the proposed new maximum thermal power level. Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action At the time of issuance of the operating license for PBAPS, Units 2 and 3, the NRC staff noted that any activity authorized by the license would be encompassed by the overall action evaluated in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the operation of the PBAPS reactors. This FEIS was issued in 1973, by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (predecessor agency to the NRC). The NRC revisited and updated the FEIS in January 2003, when the NRC published Supplement 10 to NUREG–1437, ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement for the License Renewal of Nuclear Power Plants,’’ that addressed the license renewal of PBAPS, Units 2 and 3 (ADAMS Accession No. ML030270059). The radiological and non-radiological impacts on the environment that may result from the proposed EPU are summarized below. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Non-Radiological Impacts Land Use and Aesthetic Impacts Potential land use and aesthetic impacts for the proposed action include impacts from construction and plant modifications. All plant modifications will be implemented within existing buildings. No new construction will occur outside of existing plant areas, and no expansion of buildings, roads, parking lots, equipment lay-down areas, or storage areas will be required to support the proposed EPU. Exelon will use existing parking lots, road access, equipment lay-down areas, offices, workshops, warehouses, and restrooms during plant modifications. Therefore, land use conditions and visual aesthetics would not change significantly at PBAPS from EPU plant modifications. The EPU plant modifications are discussed in Attachment 9 to the licensee’s application dated September 28, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12286A011). The plant cooling towers are not ‘‘routinely used’’ (see ‘‘Aquatic Resource Impacts’’) and are not planned VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Oct 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 to be ‘‘routinely used’’ during and after implementation of the EPU. Therefore, consistent with the discussion in NUREG–1437, Supplement 10, Section 2.2.8.4, ‘‘Visual Aesthetics and Noise,’’ there should not be any significant impacts from the EPU, such as icing, fogging, plume, or noise impacts from the operation of cooling towers. No significant impacts should occur to land use and aesthetic resources in the vicinity of PBAPS from EPU plant modifications. Non-Radioactive Waste Impacts As described in NUREG–1437, Supplement 10, Section 2.1.5, ‘‘Nonradioactive Waste Systems,’’ the principal non-radioactive effluents from PBAPS, Units 2 and 3, consists of hazardous (chemical) wastes, lubrication oil wastes, and sanitary wastes. The PBAPS site is a small quantity hazardous material generator. Lubrication oils are normally injected into the auxiliary boiler fuel feed with a small quantity sent offsite for disposal. Spent batteries and discarded fluorescent lights are recycled. Sanitary waste is sent to the onsite sewage treatment plant. Implementation of the EPU will likely result in a short-term temporary increase in construction related solid waste and sanitary waste. The proposed EPU is not expected to cause a significant impact from the generation of nonradioactive waste. Air Quality Impacts Major air pollution emission sources at the PBAPS site are regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). Nonradioactive emission sources at PBAPS result primarily from diesel generators that are routinely tested and used when needed to supply backup power. The other major source is from boilers used for space heating and to help with unit startups. Emissions from these sources are regulated by Pennsylvania’s Permit Operating Program under Title V State permit number 67–05020. There will be no changes to the emissions from these sources as a result of the EPU. However, some minor and short duration air quality impacts would occur during implementation of the EPU. The main source of air emissions would come from the vehicles driven by outage workers needed to implement the EPU. This source will be short-term and temporary. Therefore, the proposed EPU is not expected to cause a significant impact on air quality. PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Water Use Impacts The facility is authorized by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to draw up to 2,363.62 million gallons/ day of water from Conowingo Pond and to consume up to 49 million gallons/ day. Consumptive water use at PBAPS consists of two key components: Evaporation and drift in the helper cooling towers when the towers are in operation; and in-stream evaporation from Conowingo Pond due to the additional thermal loading from the plant. The PADEP National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued to PBAPS (PA 0009733) requires that cooling towers must be available to prevent unwanted discharges of high-temperature water. If the three helper cooling towers are operated, water would be lost by evaporation at an approximate rate 5.5 to 22 ft3/sec. This evaporative loss represents less than 2 percent of the minimum monthly average river flow. Once the EPU has been implemented, water consumption for plant cooling will not significantly change from preEPU operation. The PBAPS site also uses Conowingo Pond as a source of potable water for the PBAPS site. During the planned outages and modifications, the consumption of potable water will increase to support the temporary workforce. After the EPU has been implemented, there should not be any significant increase in the consumption of potable water. Since groundwater is not used as a source of water, there should not be any consumptive use of groundwater as a result of the EPU. The proposed EPU would not significantly increase water consumption. Therefore, the proposed EPU is not expected to cause a significant impact on water use. Water Quality Impacts Since plant modifications will take place inside of existing buildings, construction activities should not result in groundwater or surface water pollution. The intake of water from Conowingo Pond for cooling will not increase as a result of the proposed EPU. Therefore, the discharge rates to Conowingo Pond should not increase. In turn, there should not be any changes to Conowingo Pond from increased turbidity, scouring, erosion, or sedimentation as a result of cooling water discharge. All plant wastewaters are managed in accordance with the NPDES permit issued by the PADEP. Plant wastewaters include discharges from the water treatment wastewater settling basin, auxiliary boiler E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 206 / Thursday, October 24, 2013 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES blowdown, dredging/rehandling basin, and sewage treatment plant. The volume of discharge from the sewage treatment plant may temporarily increase during construction, but will remain within permitted levels. Implementation of the proposed EPU will not alter the quality or quantity of plant waste water discharges. The proposed EPU would not increase the impacts to Conowingo Pond water quality. Therefore, the proposed EPU is not expected to cause a significant impact to water quality. Aquatic Resource Impacts The potential impacts to aquatic resources from the proposed action could include impingement of aquatic life on barrier nets, trash racks, and traveling screens; entrainment of aquatic life through the cooling water intake structures and into the cooling water systems; and effects from the discharge of chemicals and heated water. However, the proposed EPU would not affect aquatic resources in a manner or to a degree that exceeds the analysis of effects in NUREG–1437, Supplement 10. The NRC staff concluded in NUREG– 1437, Supplement 10, Section 4.1.3, ‘‘Impingement of Fish and Shellfish,’’ that, during the continued operation of PBAPS, the potential impacts caused by the impingement of fish and shellfish on the debris screens of the cooling water intake system would be small (i.e., not detectable or so minor that they will neither destabilize nor noticeably alter any important attribute of the resource) and that impingement losses would not be great enough to adversely affect Susquehanna River aquatic populations. The NRC staff also concluded in NUREG–1437, Supplement 10, Section 4.1.3, that, in the early life stages in the cooling water system, the potential impacts of entrainment of fish and shellfish would be small, and that there are no demonstrated, significant effects to the aquatic environment related to entrainment. Regarding the potential impacts of thermal discharges, in NUREG–1437, Supplement 10, Section 4.1.4, ‘‘Heat Shock,’’ the NRC staff concluded that the impacts are small and that the heated water discharged to Conowingo Pond does not change the temperature enough to adversely impact balanced, indigenous populations of fish and wildlife. Additionally, the NRC has generically determined that the effects from discharge of chlorine or other biocides, as well as accumulation of contaminants in sediments or biota, would be small for continued operations during a renewed license period at all plants as discussed in Section 4.5.1.1, ‘‘Surface Water Resources, Discharge of Biocides, Sanitary Wastes, and Minor VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Oct 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 Chemical Spills,’’ of the ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants,’’ NUREG–1437, Volume 1, Revision 1, dated June 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13106A241). The proposed EPU would not increase the volume or rate of water that is drawn from Conowingo Pond, and water withdrawals and consumptive use would continue to be regulated by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission with no changes to the current withdrawal authorizations. PBAPS’s cooling water intake structure (described previously under ‘‘Plant Site and Environs’’) is designed to reduce impingement and entrainment of aquatic organisms, and the proposed EPU would not require any modifications to the current cooling system design. Thus, NRC staff concludes that compared to current operations, the proposed EPU would not change the impingement or entrainment rate of fish, shellfish, or other aquatic organisms. Chemical effluents discharged from PBAPS would not change in type or quantity under EPU conditions, and effluent discharges to Conowingo Pond will continue to be regulated by PADEP under the site’s NPDES permit. Thus, NRC staff concludes that compared to current operations, the proposed EPU would not change the type or concentration of chemical effluents that could impact aquatic resources. The proposed EPU would increase the temperature of discharged water. Under current operating conditions, cooling water passing through the condensers can increase by as much as 22 °F. Under the proposed EPU conditions, Exelon estimates that cooling water temperatures would increase by approximately 3 °F, which would result in an increase of up to 25 °F as water passes through the condensers. The NPDES permit for PBAPS limits the instantaneous maximum effluent temperature in the discharge canal (Outfall 001) to 110 °F. Heated effluent water released into the discharge canal travels 4,700 ft south to a spillway, at which point it enters Conowingo Pond. A thermal study at PBAPS, conducted from June through October of 1999 under zero cooling tower operation conditions, reported the daily average water temperatures at the discharge canal outfall ranged from 66.7 °F to 106.5 °F. Prior to the current NPDES permit (effective January 1, 2011), helper cooling towers at PBAPS were used only during extreme low flow and high temperature conditions in Conowingo Pond. The current NPDES permit PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63509 requires PBAPS to operate one to three of its cooling towers from June 15 to September 15 as part of the permit’s thermal and biological sampling requirements. Exelon began the required sampling in 2010 and will continue the sampling through 2013. The study will, among other things, evaluate the changes in the thermal plume during helper cooling tower operation and create a model of these changes that takes into account proposed EPU conditions and other environmental influences to Conowingo Pond. In NUREG–1437, Supplement 10, Section 4.1.4, ‘‘Heat Shock,’’ the NRC staff concluded that for the continued operation of Units 2 and 3, the impacts from thermal effluents would be small. However, this conclusion was made assuming station conditions under the previous NPDES permit. As discussed on page 4 of Attachment 1 to the licensee’s letter dated February 17, 2011, which transmitted the current NPDES permit and an evaluation of the modifications to the permit to the NRC (ADAMS Accession No. ML110490533), the previous permit did not require an instantaneous maximum effluent temperature action level. However, the current technical specifications in the NRC operating licenses for PBAPS, Units 2 and 3, require that plants be shut down when the instantaneous intake temperature exceeds 92 °F. As discussed in Attachment 1 to the licensee’s letter, in this circumstance, and based on the condenser maximum temperature rise of 21.66 °F, the discharge canal should not exceed a maximum of 113.66 °F. Thus, the current NPDES permit, which stipulates an instantaneous maximum effluent temperature action level of 110 °F, is inherently more protective of the environment. The previous NPDES permit did not require the operation of helper cooling towers. Use of helper cooling towers in the summer months has likely reduced this already small impact. Once completed, the thermal and biological studies will determine to what degree the helper cooling towers mitigate effluent temperatures and the character of the thermal plume. After the study is completed and based on the study results, Exelon will submit to PADEP an application to modify the NPDES permit. These modifications may include actions to manage the thermal discharge under EPU conditions. For any such future modifications, the PADEP must, in accordance with Section 316(a) of the Clean Water Act, ensure thermal effluent limitations assure the protection and propagation of a E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1 63510 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 206 / Thursday, October 24, 2013 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES balanced, indigenous community of shellfish, fish, and wildlife in and on Conowingo Pond. In NUREG–1437, Supplement 10, Section 4.1.5, ‘‘Microbiological Organisms (Public Health),’’ the NRC staff concluded that the potential effects of microbiological organisms on human health from the operation of the plant’s cooling water discharge to the aquatic environment on or in the vicinity of the site are small. As discussed in NUREG– 1437, Supplement 10, Section 4.1.5, discharge temperatures from Units 2 and 3 do not exceed 110 °F in late summer. This is below the temperatures known to be conducive to growth and survival of thermophilic pathogens. The ongoing disinfection of the sewage effluent from PBAPS reduces the likelihood that a seed source or inoculants would be introduced to the station’s heated discharge or to Conowingo Pond. As previously discussed, the current NPDES permit will continue to assure that there will not be any significant impacts on human health from microbiological organisms. The current NPDES permit includes thermal limitations and operating conditions that are more protective than the previous NPDES permit (considered in Section 4.1.4. ‘‘Heat Shock,’’ of NUREG–1437, Supplement 10). The PADEP will continue to regulate and enforce PBAPS thermal discharges in a manner that will assure the protection and propagation of a balanced, indigenous community of shellfish, fish, and wildlife in and on Conowingo Pond. Therefore, the increase in thermal effluent under proposed EPU conditions would not result in a significant impact to aquatic resources. Terrestrial Resource Impacts During EPU-related upgrades and plant modifications, impacts that could potentially affect terrestrial resources could come from noise, lighting, and other disturbances to wildlife. However, noise and lighting would not impact terrestrial species beyond what would be experienced during normal operations. This is because EPU-related upgrades and plant modifications would take place during normally planned outage periods, which are already periods of heightened activity. Habitat loss or fragmentation would not occur, because the proposed EPU would not involve any new construction outside of the existing facility footprint (discussed previously under ‘‘Land Use and Aesthetic Impacts’’) and would not require transmission system upgrades or modifications. No changes in transmission line maintenance and VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Oct 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 vegetation removal are anticipated. The EPU will increase electric current flowing through the transmission system. This will increase the strength of the electromagnetic field around the transmission lines. However, as discussed on pages 4–21 and 4–24 of Supplement 10 NUREG–1437, the NRC has determined that a scientific consensus has not been reached on the chronic effects of the electromagnetic field on humans, and that significant impacts to the terrestrial biota have not been identified. Sediment transport and erosion is not a concern because EPUrelated activities would only take place on previously developed land. Therefore, the proposed EPU is not expected to cause a significant impact on terrestrial resources. Threatened and Endangered Species Impacts Under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), Federal agencies, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) or the National Marine Fisheries Service (as appropriate), must ensure that actions the agency authorizes, funds, or carries out are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any listed species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat. The NRC staff has identified two federally listed species that occur in York County, Pennsylvania: The bog turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) and the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), which are discussed below. The NRC staff also considered the possibility of the shortnose (Acipenser brevirostrum) and Atlantic (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) sturgeons to occur above Conowingo Dam in Conowingo Pond because, historically, sturgeon likely inhabited the Susquehanna River upstream of the location of the Conowingo Dam prior to its construction. Currently, sturgeons are known to occur in the lower Susquehanna River and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has noted the occurrence of sturgeon at Conowingo Dam. However, given the size of the dam and the fact that shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon typically do not use fish lifts that were designed for other species (Conowingo Dam’s fish lift was designed for the passage of American shad (Alosa sapidissima)), the NRC reasonably concludes that neither the shortnose nor Atlantic sturgeon occur in Conowingo Pond. The FWS listed the northern population of the bog turtle as threatened under the ESA in 1997 (62 PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FR 59605). The FWS has not designated critical habitat for this species. Bog turtles inhabit early to mid-successional wetlands fed by groundwater or associated with the headwaters of streams and dominated by emergent vegetation. Pennsylvania counties identified by the FWS as containing extant bog turtle populations occur in the southeastern part of the state, and many occur within the Delaware River and Susquehanna River watersheds. In 2000, Exelon commissioned bog turtle habitat (Phase 1) surveys in the vicinity of PBAPS, but no areas of suitable habitat were identified during the surveys. The potential for adverse effects at the PBAPS site and along transmission line corridors to bog turtles was evaluated in Section 2.2.6, ‘‘Terrestrial Resources,’’ of NUREG– 1437, Supplement 10. The NRC staff concluded in Section 4.6.2, ‘‘Terrestrial Species,’’ that continued operations during the license renewal term would have no effect on bog turtles due to the lack of suitable habitat. The NRC staff requested the FWS’s concurrence with this determination in a letter, dated January 17, 2002 (ADAMS Accession No. ML020180445). The FWS concurred with this determination in a letter, dated April 17, 2002 (ADAMS Accession No. ML021510200). The PBAPS site continues to lack suitable habitat for bog turtles, and the proposed EPU would not involve any habitat loss or fragmentation or any other significant impacts to the terrestrial environment. Therefore, the proposed EPU would have no effect on the bog turtle. The FWS listed the Indiana bat as endangered wherever found in 1967 under the ESA’s predecessor, the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966 (32 FR 4001). The FWS has not designated critical habitat for the species in Pennsylvania (41 FR 41914). Areas of the PBAPS site that could serve as potential Indiana bat habitat include forested areas, forest edges, and riparian areas. The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) reports that Indiana bats use habitat within York County during the summer. However, no hibernation or maternity sites occur in the county. The Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement did not consider the effects of continued operation of PBAPS during the license renewal term on Indiana bats. The proposed EPU would not disturb or alter any natural habitats on the PBAPS site or along any transmission line corridors, and other impacts such as noise and lighting during EPU-related upgrades. Furthermore, plant modifications would not result in a significant impact on the E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 206 / Thursday, October 24, 2013 / Notices review from this agency was required. The PNDI Environmental Review indicated three terrestrial plant species under the PDCNR’s purview could occur in the vicinity of PBAPS: The lobed spleenwort (Asplenia pinnatifidum), the harbinger-of-spring (Erigenia bulbosa), and the American holly (Ilex opaca). The PNDI Environmental Review also included recommended conservation measures from the PDCNR, which included practices that could avoid the introduction of invasive species. Exelon Essential Fish Habitat contacted the PDCNR directly via a Section 305(b) of the Magnusonletter dated January 23, 2012, requesting Stevens Fishery Conservation and that the PDCNR confirm Exelon’s Management Act (MSA) includes conclusion that the proposed EPU requirements for Federal agencies to would not adversely affect any consider the impact of Federal actions Commonwealth-listed threatened or on essential fish habitat (EFH) and to endangered species. In their response, consult with the National Marine dated February 21, 2012, the PDCNR Fisheries Service (NMFS) if any indicated that the proposed EPU would activities may adversely affect EFH. not result in impacts to species under its According to the EFH Mapper and the jurisdiction. For species under the NMFS’s ‘‘Guide to Essential Fish PFBC’s purview, the PNDI Habitat Designations in the Northeastern Environmental Review indicated that United States,’’ NMFS has not further review was required to designated any EFH under the MSA determine potential impacts. Exelon within the affected water bodies. Thus, contacted the PFBC in a letter, dated the proposed EPU would have no effect January 23, 2012. Subsequently, the on designated essential fish habitat. PFBC indicated in a letter, dated Species Protected by the Commonwealth February 24, 2012, that no adverse impacts are expected to species under of Pennsylvania its jurisdiction from the proposed EPU. Within the Commonwealth of Each of the letters referenced in this Pennsylvania, the PGC, the paragraph are included in Exelon’s Pennsylvania Fish and Boat supplemental environmental report, Commission (PFBC), and the which was submitted as Attachment 8 Pennsylvania Department of to the EPU application. Conservation and Natural Resources The NRC staff reviewed the (PDCNR) oversee the protection of information discussed above in Exelon’s Commonwealth-listed species under the EPU application concerning Pennsylvania Endangered Species Commonwealth-listed species. The Program. The PGC, PFBC, and PDCNR appropriate Pennsylvania agencies have manage the recovery efforts for wild confirmed the proposed EPU would not birds and mammals (34 Pa. Code 133); affect any species under their purview fish, amphibians, reptiles, and aquatic and NRC staff has not identified any organisms (30 Pa. Code 75); and native impacts to the terrestrial or aquatic plants (17 Pa. Code 45), respectively. environment beyond those previously As part of preparing its EPU considered by each Pennsylvania application, Exelon performed a agency in their reviews. Therefore, the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity proposed EPU would have no Inventory (PNDI) Environmental Review significant impacts to Commonwealththrough the Pennsylvania Natural listed species. Heritage Program’s Web site. The survey Socioeconomics results indicated no known impacts to Currently, approximately 900 species of concern within the oversight permanent workers and 200 contract of the PGC and FWS. No further review workers are employed at PBAPS. Exelon by these two agencies was required. EPU-related plant modifications would Exelon also directly contacted some of occur during normally scheduled the Pennsylvania agencies listed above refueling outages and are estimated to to determine potential impacts to last between 30 to 40 days for each Commonwealth-listed species that reactor. During normal refueling could result from the proposed EPU. outages, approximately 800 temporary Exelon’s PNDI Environmental Review indicated that there would be no impact workers are added to the normal workforce of 1,100 permanent and to species under the PDCNR’s contract workers. The first phase of EPU jurisdiction and that no further project mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES terrestrial environment. Therefore, the proposed EPU would have no effect on the Indiana bat. The NRC did not identify any designated critical habitat that could be affected by the proposed EPU, nor has the FWS proposed the listing or designation of any new species or critical habitat that could be affected by the proposed EPU. Therefore, the proposed EPU would have no effect on designated critical habitat, proposed species, or proposed critical habitat. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Oct 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63511 modifications is planned to be implemented during the 2014 outage. During that outage, approximately 1,300 additional temporary workers will be added to the normal outage workforce, with the total workforce at PBAPS peaking at approximately 3,200 workers over the modification period. Once EPU-related plant modifications have been completed, the size of workforce at PBAPS would return to normal levels. The PBAPS workforce will remain similar to pre-EPU levels, as will the temporary workforce needed for future refueling outages. The size of the workforce will be unaffected by implementation of the proposed EPU. The NRC expects most outage and EPU plant modification workers to relocate temporarily to communities in Lancaster or York County, resulting in short-term increases in the local population along with increased demands for public services and housing. As modification work would be temporary, most workers would likely stay in rental homes, apartments, mobile homes, and camper-trailers. The 2011 American Community Survey 1year estimate for vacant housing units reported 11,509 units in Lancaster County and 12,192 units in York County that could potentially ease the demand for local rental housing. Therefore, while a short duration temporary increase in plant employment would occur, this increase would have little or no noticeable effect on the availability of housing in the region. The additional number of workers, truck material, and equipment deliveries needed to support EPUrelated plant modifications would likely cause short-term level of service impacts (restricted traffic flow and higher incident rates) on secondary roads in the immediate vicinity of PBAPS. Increased traffic volumes would be necessary to support implementation of EPU-related modifications during the refueling outage. As EPU-related plant modifications would occur during a normal refueling outage, there could be noticeable short-term (during certain hours of the day), level-of-service traffic impacts beyond what is experienced during normal outages. During periods of high traffic volume (i.e., morning and afternoon shift changes), work schedules could be staggered and employees and/or local police officials could be used to direct traffic entering and leaving PBAPS to minimize levelof-service impacts. PBAPS currently pays property taxes and payments in lieu of property taxes to York County, Peach Bottom Township, and the South Eastern School District. The amount of future E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1 63512 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 206 / Thursday, October 24, 2013 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES property taxes and payments in lieu of property taxes paid by PBAPS could be affected by the increased value of PBAPS as a result of the EPU and increased power generation. Due to the short duration of EPU-related plant modification activities, there would be little or no noticeable effect on local tax revenues generated by temporary workers residing in Lancaster and York counties. Therefore, based on the information presented above, no significant socioeconomic impacts are expected from EPU-related plant modifications and operations under EPU conditions in the vicinity of PBAPS. Environmental Justice Impacts An environmental justice impact analysis evaluates the potential for disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects on minority and low-income populations that could result from activities associated with the proposed EPU at PBAPS. Such effects may include biological, cultural, economic, or social impacts. Minority and lowincome populations are subsets of the general public residing in the vicinity of PBAPS, and all are exposed to the same health and environmental effects generated from activities at PBPAS. The NRC considered the demographic composition of the area within a 50-mile radius of PBAPS to determine whether minority populations may be affected by the proposed action. The NRC examined the distribution of minority populations within 50 miles of PBAPS using the U.S. Census Bureau (USCB) data for 2010. According to the 2010 Census data, approximately 5 million people live within a 50-mile radius of PBPAS. Minority populations within 50 miles compose 35.6 percent (approximately 1.8 million persons) of the total population. The largest minority group was Black or African-American (approximately, 1.2 million persons or 23.1 percent), followed by Hispanic or Latino (of any race) (approximately 315,000 persons or 6.3 percent). According to 2011 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, minority populations within Lancaster County comprise 10.2 percent of the total population with the largest minority group being Hispanic or Latino (of any race) at 8.9 percent. Minority populations within York County comprise 12.2 percent of the total population with the largest minority group being Black or African-American at 6 percent. According to 2011 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates census data for Lancaster and York VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Oct 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 counties, approximately 10.9 percent of the population residing within Lancaster County and 11.0 percent of the population residing in York County were determined to be living below the 2011 federal poverty threshold. In addition, approximately 7.9 percent of families residing within Lancaster County and 8.2 percent of the families in York County were determined to be living below the Federal poverty threshold. The 2011 federal poverty threshold was $22,350 for a family of four and $10,890 for an individual. The median household income for Lancaster County was approximately $64,566 and for York County was approximately $66,053. Lancaster County median household income is 28.5 percent higher than the median household income (approximately $50,228) for Pennsylvania, while York County is 31 percent higher. Potential impacts to minority and low-income populations would mostly consist of human health, environmental, and socioeconomic effects (e.g., noise, dust, traffic, employment, and housing impacts). Radiation doses from plant operations after the EPU are expected to continue to remain well below regulatory limits. Noise and dust impacts would be temporary and limited to onsite activities. Minority and low-income populations residing along site access roads could experience increased commuter vehicle traffic during outage shift changes. Increased demand for inexpensive rental housing during the EPU-related plant modifications could disproportionately affect low-income populations; however, due to the availability of housing, impacts would be of short duration (approximately 30 to 40 days) and limited. Furthermore, according to the 2011 American Community Survey 1-year estimate, there were 11,509 vacant housing units in Lancaster County and 12,192 vacant housing units in York County available to help alleviate any short-term increased demand. Based on this information and the analysis of human health and environmental impacts presented in this environmental assessment, the proposed EPU would not have disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects on minority and low-income populations residing in the PBAPS vicinity. Historic and Cultural Resources Impacts There are no records of historic and cultural resources being found on PBAPS property. However, there is the potential to find historic and cultural resources at the PBAPS site as the PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 majority of recorded archaeological sites in the region are found within the first terraces above the Susquehanna River. The likelihood of these resources being present at PBAPS has diminished as the terraces near PBAPS were flooded by the formation of Conowingo Pond. Nevertheless, there are nine historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places within 6 miles of PBAPS. As previously discussed, all EPUrelated plant modifications would take place within existing buildings and facilities at PBAPS, including replacing two electrical transformers on an existing pad. Since no ground disturbance or construction-related activities would occur outside of previously disturbed areas and existing electrical transmission facilities, there would be no significant impact from EPU-related plant modifications on historic and archaeological resources, should they be found on or in the vicinity of PBAPS. Non-Radiological Cumulative Impacts The NRC staff considered potential cumulative impacts on the environment resulting from the incremental impact of the proposed EPU when added to other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions in the vicinity of PBAPS. For the purposes of this analysis, past actions are related to the construction and licensing of PBAPS, present actions are related to current operations, and future actions are those that are reasonably foreseeable through the end of station operations including operations under the EPU. There will not be significant cumulative impacts to the resource areas of air quality, groundwater, threatened and endangered species, or historic and cultural resources in the vicinity of PBAPS, because the contributory effect of ongoing actions within a region are regulated and monitored through a permitting process under State or Federal authority (e.g. NPDES and 401/404 permits under the Clean Water Act). In these cases, impacts are managed as long as these actions are in compliance with their respective permits and conditions of certification. Surface water and aquatic resources were examined for potential cumulative impacts. The geographic boundary for potential cumulative impacts is the area of the post-EPU thermal mixing zone in Conowingo Pond. If the proposed EPU is approved and is implemented, PBAPS is predicted to have a slightly larger and hotter mixing zone than pre-uprate conditions during full flow and capacity. The NRC staff anticipates that E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 206 / Thursday, October 24, 2013 / Notices PBAPS will continue to operate postEPU in full compliance with the requirements of the PADEP. The PADEP would evaluate PBAPS compliance with its individual wastewater facility permit. Land use, and aesthetics impacts from the EPU are not expected to contribute to cumulative impacts as there will be no construction of new transmission facilities on site, transmission maintenance and vegetation practices will not change, and all plant modifications will be implemented within existing buildings. As discussed in the aquatic biology section, the abundance of aquatic organisms as a source of food for terrestrial organisms should not change. During the construction of the EPU, only minor temporary changes in air emissions from additional workers and construction equipment are expected. No changes to air emission from implementation of the EPU are expected. There will not be any increases to surface water or air that would increase the impact to terrestrial biota as a result of the EPU. Therefore, the NRC staff concludes that impacts to terrestrial biota are not expected to contribute to cumulative impacts to terrestrial resources as a result of the proposed action. The greatest socioeconomic impacts from the proposed EPU and continued operation of PBAPS would occur during the 2014 outage. The increase in EPU- 63513 related construction workforces would have a temporary effect on socioeconomic conditions in local communities from the increased demand for temporary housing, public services (e.g., public schools), and increased traffic, but would not contribute to cumulative impacts. No significant cumulative impacts are expected as a result of the proposed EPU. Non-Radiological Impacts Summary As discussed above, the proposed EPU would not result in any significant non-radiological impacts. Table 1 summarizes the non-radiological environmental impacts of the proposed EPU at PBAPS. TABLE 1—SUMMARY OF NON-RADIOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS Land Use and Aesthetic ....................................... Non-Radioactive Waste ........................................ Air Quality ............................................................. Water Use ............................................................. Water Quality ........................................................ Aquatic Resources ................................................ Terrestrial Resources ........................................... Threatened and Endangered Species .................. Socioeconomics .................................................... Environmental Justice ........................................... Historic and Cultural Resources ........................... Non-Radiological Cumulative ............................... Radiological Impacts Radioactive Gaseous, Liquid Effluents and Solid Waste mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Units 2 and 3 use waste treatment systems to collect, process, recycle, and dispose of gaseous, liquid, and solid wastes that contain radioactive material in a safe and controlled manner within NRC and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) radiation safety standards. The licensee’s evaluation of plant operation at the proposed EPU conditions shows that no physical changes would be needed to the radioactive gaseous, liquid, or solid waste systems. Radioactive Gaseous Effluents The gaseous waste management system manages radioactive gases generated during the nuclear fission process. Radioactive gaseous wastes are composed of activation gases and radioactive noble gases from the reactor VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Oct 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 The proposed EPU is not expected to cause a significant impact on land use conditions and aesthetic resources. The proposed EPU is not expected to cause a significant impact from the generation of nonradioactive waste. The proposed EPU is not expected to cause a significant impact on air quality. The proposed EPU is not expected to cause a significant impact on water use. The proposed EPU is not expected to cause a significant impact on water quality. The proposed EPU is not expected to cause a significant impact on aquatic resources. The proposed EPU is not expected to cause a significant impact on terrestrial resources. The proposed EPU would have no effect on any species or habitats protected under the Endangered Species Act or on designated essential fish habitat protected under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Additionally, the proposed EPU would have no significant impacts on any Pennsylvania-listed species. No significant socioeconomic impacts are expected as a result of the proposed EPU. The proposed EPU is not expected to cause any disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects on minority and low-income populations residing in the PBAPS vicinity. The proposed EPU is not expected to cause any significant impact to historic and cultural resources. No significant non-radiological cumulative impacts are expected as a result of the proposed EPU. coolant system, gases from the charcoal treatment system, and gases collected during venting of plant piping. The licensee’s evaluation determined that implementation of the proposed EPU would not significantly increase the volume of gases processed in the gaseous waste management system, since plant system functions are not changing and the volume of gases from the plant systems are not expected to change. The analysis also showed the proposed increase in power level would increase the total amount of radioactivity in the gaseous waste management system. However, the licensee’s evaluation concluded that the increased radioactivity would not require any changes to the gaseous waste management system. The system would continue to safely control and process the waste in accordance with plant procedures to maintain radioactive gaseous releases within the dose limits of 10 CFR 20.1301 and the PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 as low as is reasonably achievable (ALARA) dose objectives in appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 and EPA’s 40 CFR part 190. Radioactive Liquid Effluents The liquid waste management system collects, processes, and prepares radioactive liquid waste for disposal. Radioactive liquid wastes include liquids from plant systems containing reactor coolant and liquids that became contaminated from contact with plant systems containing radioactive liquids. The licensee’s evaluation shows that the proposed EPU would not significantly increase the inventory of liquid normally processed by the liquid waste management system. This is because the system functions are not changing and the volume inputs remain approximately the same. The licensee’s evaluation showed the proposed EPU would increase the total amount of radioactivity in the liquid waste E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1 63514 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 206 / Thursday, October 24, 2013 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES management system. However, since the composition of the radioactive material in the waste and the volume of radioactive material processed through the system are not expected to significantly change, the licensee’s evaluation concluded that no changes are needed to the system’s design or operation. The existing equipment and plant procedures will continue to control radioactive liquid releases to the environment within the NRC’s dose limits in 10 CFR 20.1301 and ALARA dose standards in appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 and EPA’s 40 CFR part 190. Public Radiation Doses at EPU Conditions The primary sources of offsite dose to members of the public from Units 2 and 3 are radioactive gaseous and liquid effluents. As discussed in the radioactive gaseous and liquid effluent sections above, operation at the proposed EPU conditions will not change the radioactive gaseous and liquid waste management systems’ abilities to perform its intended functions to safely control and process the waste. There would be no change to the radiation monitoring system and procedures used to control the release of radioactive effluents in accordance with NRC radiation protection standards for the public in 10 CFR 20.1301 and appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 and EPA’s 40 CFR part 190. The licensee evaluated the projected dose to members of the public from radioactive effluents at the proposed EPU by using actual dose data reported for the period from 2005 through 2008 and recalculated the dose based on the proposed EPU. The following bullets summarize the projected maximum dose to a member of the public located outside the PBAPS site boundary from radioactive gaseous and liquid effluents from the proposed EPU: • The maximum whole body dose to an offsite member of the public from the combined radioactive liquid effluents from Units 2 and 3 is 1.52 x 10¥2 millirem (mrem)/year, which is well below the 6 mrem/year dose criterion in appendix I to 10 CFR art 50 for two reactor units. • The maximum organ dose to an offsite member of the public from the combined radioactive liquid effluents from Units 2 and 3 is 1.98 x 10¥2 mrem/ year, which is well below the 20 mrem/ year dose criterion in appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 for two reactor units. • The maximum air dose at the site boundary from gamma radiation from the combined gaseous effluents from Units 2 and 3 is 7.27 x 10¥1 millirad (mrad)/year, which is well below the 20 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Oct 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 mrad/year dose criterion in appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 for two reactor Units. • The maximum air dose at the site boundary from beta radiation in the combined gaseous effluents from Units 2 and 3 is 1.42 x 10¥1 mrad/year, which is well below the 40 mrad/year dose criterion in appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 for two reactor units. • The maximum organ (thyroid) dose to an offsite member of the public from radioactive iodine and radioactive material in particulate form from Units 2 and 3 is 5.12 mrem/year, which is well below the 30 mrem/year dose criterion in appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 for two reactor units. • Based on the projected annual EPU doses from radioactive gaseous and liquid effluents from Units 2 and 3 being well within the dose criteria in appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 and the projected negligible direct shine dose contribution from components within the facilities, including the independent spent fuel storage installation, the total dose will be well within the 40 CFR 190 annual whole body dose standard of 25 mrem/year. Based on the above, the projected radiation doses to members of the public from the proposed EPU are expected to be within Federal regulatory limits and therefore, would not be significant. Occupational Radiation Doses at EPU Conditions The licensee’s evaluation determined that the radioactivity levels in plant systems are expected to increase with the proposed EPU. Permanent shielding to reduce radiation levels is used throughout the two reactor units to protect workers. The licensee’s evaluation of the current shielding design determined that it is adequate to continue to protect the workers from the projected increased radiation levels. In addition to the permanent shielding, the licensee’s radiation protection program, through the use of training, protective clothing and equipment, temporary shielding, monitoring radiation levels, and direct oversight by radiation protection personnel at individual job sites, will ensure that radiation exposures to workers will be ALARA, as required by 10 CFR 20.1101. Based on the above information, the NRC staff concludes that the proposed EPU is not expected to significantly affect radiation levels within the plant and would not be a significant radiological impact to the workers. Radioactive Solid Wastes Radioactive solid wastes include solids recovered from the reactor PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 coolant systems, solids that come into contact with the radioactive liquids or gases, and solids used in the reactor coolant process system. The licensee evaluated the potential effects of the proposed EPU on the solid waste management system. The results of the evaluation indicate that the proposed EPU will increase the volume and activity of radioactive solid waste by approximately 14 percent. The largest volume of radioactive solid waste generated at Units 2 and 3 is low-level radioactive waste which includes used resins, filters, dry compressible waste, irradiated components, and waste oil and ash. As stated by the licensee, the proposed EPU would not have a significant effect on the radioactive solid waste system. The proposed EPU would not generate a new type of waste or create a new waste stream. No changes are needed to the system to accommodate the projected additional volume and activity. The equipment used to process the solid waste is designed and operated to ensure that hazards to the workers and the environment are minimized. Waste processing areas are monitored for radiation as part of the radiation protection program to ensure that radiation exposure to workers is maintained within NRC dose limits in 10 CFR 20.1201. Based on the above, the licensee is expected to continue to safely control and process radioactive solid waste from the proposed EPU in accordance with NRC requirements. Therefore, the impacts from solid waste would not be significant. Spent Nuclear Fuel Spent fuel from Units 2 and 3 is stored in the plant’s spent fuel pool and in dry casks in the independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI). Spent fuel generated after implementation of the proposed EPU will also be stored in the spent fuel pool and the ISFSI. Units 2 and 3 are licensed to use uraniumdioxide fuel up to a maximum enrichment of 5 percent by weight uranium-235. The typical average enrichment is approximately 4.2 percent by weight of uranium-235. The average fuel assembly discharge burnup for the proposed EPU is expected to be approximately 51,000 megawatt days per metric ton uranium (MWd/MTU) with no fuel pins exceeding the maximum fuel rod burnup limit of 62,000 MWd/MTU. The licensee will maintain these fuel characteristics during the proposed EPU. There will be no change to the fuel design or the current 24-month refueling cycle. The E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 206 / Thursday, October 24, 2013 / Notices fuel characteristics for enrichment and burnup presented above, will ensure that environmental impacts associated with the spent fuel will remain within the impact values contained in: (1) 10 CFR 51.51, Table S–3, ‘‘Table of Uranium Fuel Cycle Environmental Data’’; (2) 10 CFR 51.52, Table S–4, ‘‘Environmental Impact of Transportation of Fuel and Waste to and from One Light-Water-Cooled Nuclear Power Reactor’’; as supplemented by (3) NUREG–1437, Volume 1, Addendum 1, ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants, Main Report, Section 6.3—Transportation, Table 9.1, Summary of findings on NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act] issues for license renewal of nuclear power plants’’ (ADAMS Accession No. ML040690720). Therefore, there would be no significant impacts resulting from spent nuclear fuel. Design-Basis Accidents Design-basis accidents (DBAs) are evaluated by both the licensee and the NRC staff to ensure that Units 2 and 3 can withstand a spectrum of postulated accidents without undue hazard to the health and safety of the public. Separate from the NRC staff’s environmental assessment in this document, the NRC staff is evaluating the licensee’s DBA analyses of the potential radiological consequences that may result from the proposed EPU. The results of the NRC staff’s safety evaluation and conclusion will be documented in a Safety Evaluation (SE) that will be made publically available. If the NRC staff concludes in the SE that the radiological consequences of DBAs at the proposed EPU power levels are within NRC requirements, then the proposed EPU will not have a significant impact with respect to the radiological consequences of DBAs. Radiological Cumulative Impacts The radiological dose limits for protection of the public and plant workers have been developed by the NRC and EPA to address the cumulative impact of acute and long-term exposure to radiation and radioactive material. These dose limits are codified in 10 CFR part 20 and 40 CFR part 190. The cumulative radiation doses are required to be within the limits set forth in the regulations cited above. The public dose limit of 25 mrem/year in 40 CFR part 190 applies to all reactors that may be on a site and also includes any other nearby nuclear facilities. Currently, there are no other operating nuclear power reactors located near Units 2 and 3. As discussed in the public radiation dose section, the NRC staff reviewed the licensee’s projected post-EPU radiation dose data and concluded that the projected dose to 63515 members of the public would be well within the limits of 10 CFR part 20 and 40 CFR part 190. The NRC staff expects continued compliance with NRC’s and EPA’s public dose limits during operation at the proposed EPU power level. Therefore, the NRC staff concludes that there would not be a significant cumulative radiological impact to members of the public from radioactive effluents from Units 2 and 3 at the proposed EPU operation. As previously discussed, the licensee has a radiation protection program that maintains worker doses within the dose limits in 10 CFR 20.1201. The NRC staff expects continued compliance with NRC’s occupational dose limits during operation at the proposed EPU power level. Radiological Impacts Summary Based on the radiological evaluations discussed above, with the exception of the impacts associated with DBAs which the NRC staff is evaluating separately from this EA, the proposed EPU would not result in any significant radiological impacts. If the NRC staff concludes in its SE that the DBAs associated with the proposed EPU meet NRC requirements, then the environmental impacts will not be significant. Table 2 summarizes the radiological environmental impacts of the proposed EPU at the PBNP. TABLE 2—SUMMARY OF RADIOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS Radioactive Gaseous Effluents ................. Radioactive Liquid Effluents ...................... Public Radiation Doses at EPU Conditions. Occupational Radiation Doses at EPU Conditions. Radioactive Solid Wastes ......................... Spent Nuclear Fuel ................................... Design-Basis Accidents ............................. Radiological Cumulative Impacts .............. Radioactive gaseous effluents are expected to be adequately handled by the existing radwaste system. Radioactive liquid effluents are expected to be adequately handled by the existing radwaste system. Radiation doses to members of the public from radioactive effluents are expected to remain below NRC (10 CFR 20.1301 and appendix I) and EPA radiation protection standards (40 CFR part 190). Radiation doses to workers are expected to remain within NRC dose limits (10 CFR 20.1201). Radioactive solid waste is expected to be adequately handled by the existing radwaste system. The spent fuel characteristics will remain within the bounding criteria used in the impact analysis in 10 CFR part 51, Table S–3. If the NRC staff concludes in the SE that the radiological consequences of DBAs at the proposed EPU power levels are within NRC requirements, then DBAs will not have a significant radiological consequence. Radiation doses to the public and plant workers would remain below NRC (10 CFR part 20) and EPA (40 CFR part 190) radiation protection standards. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action As an alternative to the proposed action, the NRC staff considered denial of the proposed EPU (i.e., the ‘‘noaction’’ alternative) for PBAPS, Units 2 and 3. Denial of the application would result in no change in the current environmental impacts. However, if the EPU were not approved, other agencies and electric power organizations might VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Oct 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 be required to pursue other means of providing electric generation capacity, such as fossil fuel or alternative fuel power generation, to offset future demand. Construction and operation of such a fossil-fueled or alternative-fueled plant may create impacts in air quality, land use, and waste management significantly greater than those identified for the proposed EPU. PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Alternative Use of Resources This action does not involve the use of any different resources (water, air, land, nuclear fuel) not previously considered in NUREG–1437, Supplement 10. Agencies and Persons Consulted In accordance with its stated policy, on September 6, 2013, the staff consulted with the Pennsylvania State E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1 63516 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 206 / Thursday, October 24, 2013 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES official, Mr. Brad Fuller of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, regarding the environmental impact of the proposed action. The State official had no comments. IV. Draft Finding of No Significant Impact The NRC is proposing to amend Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. DPR–44 and DPR–56 for PBAPS, Units 2 and 3. The proposed amendments would authorize an increase in the maximum reactor power level from 3514 MWt to 3951 MWt. The NRC has determined not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed action. The proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment because, amending the licenses with the higher maximum reactor power level, will not result in any significant radiological or nonradiological impacts. Accordingly, the NRC has determined that a draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate. The NRC’s draft Environmental Assessment (EA), included in Section III above, is incorporated by reference into this finding. The NRC’s draft FONSI and the related environmental documents listed below are available for public inspection and may be inspected online through the NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) at http:// www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. You may also inspect these documents at the NRC’s Public Document Room as discussed in Section I, ‘‘Accessing Information and Submitting Comments,’’ above. The NRC’s draft FONSI and the associated draft EA are available in ADAMS at Accession No. ML13202A081. Related environmental documents supporting the NRC’s draft FONSI are as follows: (1) Attachment 8, ‘‘Supplemental Environmental Report,’’ to Exelon’s EPU amendment request dated September 28, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12286A011); (2) NUREG–1437, Volume 1, Addendum 1, ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants, Main Report, Section 6.3—Transportation, Table 9.1, Summary of findings on NEPA issues for license renewal of nuclear power plants,’’ dated August 1999 (ADAMS Accession No. ML040690720); (3) Supplement 10 to NUREG–1437, ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement for the License Renewal of Nuclear Power Plants, Regarding Peach VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Oct 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3,’’ dated January 2003 (ADAMS Accession No. ML030270059); and (4) ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants,’’ NUREG–1437, Volume 1, Revision 1, dated June 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13106A241). Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 1st day of October 2013. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Veronica Rodriguez, Acting Chief, Plant Licensing Branch I–2, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2013–24902 Filed 10–23–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2012–0134] Initial Test Program of Emergency Core Cooling Systems for New BoilingWater Reactors Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Regulatory guide; issuance. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a new regulatory guide (RG), 1.79.1, ‘‘Initial Test Program of Emergency Core Cooling Systems for New Boiling-Water Reactors.’’ This RG describes testing methods the NRC staff considers acceptable for demonstrating the operability of emergency core cooling systems (ECCSs) for boiling-water reactors (BWRs) whose licenses are issued after the date of issuance of this RG (new BWRs). ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2012–0134 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may access publicly-available information related to this action by the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2012–0134. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301–287–3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may access publicly available documents online in the NRC Library at http://www.nrc.gov/readingrm/adams.html. 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Talbot, Office of New Reactors; telephone: 301–415–4146, email: Frank.Talbot@nrc.gov, or Mark P. Orr, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research; telephone: 301–251–7495, email: Mark.Orr@nrc.gov, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Introduction The NRC is issuing a new guide in the NRC’s ‘‘Regulatory Guide’’ series. This series was developed to describe and make available to the public information such as methods that are acceptable to the NRC staff for implementing specific parts of the agency’s regulations, techniques that the staff uses in evaluating specific problems or postulated accidents, and data that the staff needs in its review of applications for permits and licenses. This new guide describes methods that the staff of the NRC considers acceptable for demonstrating compliance with the NRC regulations as they relate to preoperational, low power, and power ascension testing features of the ECCS for new BWRs. 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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket Nos. 50-277 and 50-278; NRC-2013-0232]


Exelon Generation Company, LLC; Peach Bottom Atomic Power 
Station, Units 2 and 3; Proposed License Amendment To Increase the 
Maximum Reactor Power Level

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Draft environmental assessment and draft finding of no 
significant Impact; opportunity to comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering 
issuance of amendments to Renewed Facility Operating License Nos. DPR-
44 and DPR-56, issued to Exelon Generation Company, LLC (Exelon, the 
licensee), for operation of the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station 
(PBAPS), Units 2 and 3, located in York and Lancaster Counties, 
Pennsylvania. The proposed amendments would authorize an increase in 
the maximum reactor power level from 3514 megawatts thermal (MWt) to 
3951 MWt.

DATES: Comments must be filed by November 25, 2013. Any potential party 
as defined in Section 2.4 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (10 CFR), who believe access to Sensitive Unclassified Non-
Safeguards Information (SUNSI) is necessary to respond to this notice 
must request document access by November 4, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comment by any of the following methods 
(unless this document describes a different method for submitting 
comments on a specific subject):
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2013-0232. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-287-
3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact 
the individual(s) listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section 
of this document.
     Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, 
Announcements, and Directives Branch (RADB), Office of Administration, 
Mail Stop: 3WFN, 06-44M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001.
    For additional direction on accessing information and submitting 
comments, see ``Accessing Information and Submitting Comments'' in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard B. Ennis, Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555; telephone: 301-415-1420; email: Rick.Ennis@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Accessing Information and Submitting Comments

A. Accessing Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2013-0232 when contacting the NRC 
about the availability of information regarding this document. You may 
access publicly-available information related to this action by the 
following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2013-0232.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly-available documents online in the NRC 
Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the 
search, select ``ADAMS Public Documents'' and then select ``Begin Web-
based ADAMS Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's 
Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-
4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. The ADAMS accession number 
for each document referenced in this notice (if that document is 
available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is 
referenced. The application for amendment is dated September 28, 2012, 
and is supplemented by letters dated February 15, 2013, May 7, 2013, 
May 24, 2013, June 4, 2013, June 27, 2013, July 30, 2013, July 31, 
2013, August 5, 2013, August 22, 2013, August 29, 2013, and September 
13, 2013 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML122860201, ML13051A032, ML13129A143, 
ML13149A145, ML13156A368, ML13182A025, ML13211A457, ML13213A285, 
ML13217A431, ML13240A002, ML13241A418, and ML13260A076, respectively). 
The application and some of the supplements contain SUNSI (proprietary 
information) and, accordingly, the proprietary information has been 
withheld from public disclosure. Redacted versions of the documents 
containing proprietary information have been made publicly available 
and can be accessed via the applicable ADAMS accession numbers listed 
above.
     NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public 
documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

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B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2013-0232 in the subject line of your 
comment submission, in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make 
your comment submission available to the public in this docket.
    The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact 
information that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your 
comment submission. The NRC posts all comment submissions at http://www.regulations.gov as well as entering the comment submissions into 
ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove 
identifying or contact information.
    If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons 
for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to 
include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be 
publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should 
state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to 
remove such information before making the comment submissions available 
to the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS.

II. Introduction

    The NRC has prepared this draft Environmental Assessment (EA), in 
accordance with 10 CFR 51.21, and this draft Finding of No Significant 
Impact (FONSI), in accordance with 10 CFR 51.33, for the proposed 
license amendments. The draft EA and draft FONSI are being published in 
the Federal Register with a 30-day public comment period ending 
November 25, 2013. Publishing these documents as draft for comment, 
with a 30-day comment period, is in accordance with the NRC guidance 
for this type of license amendment, RS-001, ``Review Standard for 
Extended Power Uprates,'' dated December 2003 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML033640024).

III. Draft Environmental Assessment

Plant Site and Environs

    PBAPS consists of Units 1, 2, and 3 located on approximately 620 
acres of land in Peach Bottom Township, York County, Pennsylvania on 
the west bank of the Susquehanna River. The site is approximately 38 
miles north of Baltimore, Maryland; 19 miles southwest of Lancaster, 
Pennsylvania; and 30 miles southeast of York, Pennsylvania. The area 
within 6 miles of the site includes parts of York and Lancaster 
Counties in Pennsylvania and parts of Harford and Cecil Counties in 
Maryland. The property around the site is predominantly rural, 
characterized by farmland and woods.
    Units 2 and 3 are General Electric Type 4, Mark I boiling-water 
reactors. In addition to Units 2 and 3, the site contains turbine 
buildings, intake and discharge canals, auxiliary buildings, 
switchyards, an interim spent fuel storage installation, a training 
center, a public boat ramp, a picnic area, and the retired Unit 1 
reactor. Unit 1 is located adjacent to Units 2 and 3. It was a 
prototype, high-temperature, gas-cooled reactor which operated from 
1966 to 1974. Unit 1 is permanently shut down, defueled, and is 
maintained in a safe storage, surveillance, security, and maintenance 
condition. It is not part of this application and will be 
decommissioned in the future.
    Units 2 and 3 at PBAPS have a common once-through heat dissipation 
system that draws water from and discharges to the Conowingo Pond. The 
Conowingo Pond is a reservoir on the Susquehanna River formed by the 
Conowingo Dam (located approximately 8.5 miles downstream of the PBAPS 
site) and the Holtwood Dam (located approximately 6 miles upstream of 
the PBAPS site). The Conowingo and Holtwood Dams each provide 
hydroelectric generation.
    The Conowingo Pond has a surface area of approximately 9,000 acres 
with 35 miles of shoreline. It has a width that varies from 0.5 to 1.3 
miles and a maximum depth of 98 feet (ft). In addition to providing 
cooling water for PBAPS, Conowingo Pond is used as a fish and wildlife 
resource, for recreation, and as a source of public water.
    Units 2 and 3 use six circulating water pumps (three per unit), 
each rated at 250,000 gallons per minute (gpm), which draw water from 
Conowingo Pond at a rate of 1.5 million gpm when all six pumps are 
running. Water drawn from Conowingo Pond passes through a series of 
intake structures before it is circulated through two main condensers. 
From these condensers, water passes through a series of discharge 
structures and then flows to Conowingo Pond where the heat is 
dissipated to the environment. Exelon also maintains three mechanical 
draft helper cooling towers that have the capacity to handle 
approximately 60 percent of the cooling water circulating through Units 
2 and 3. Water drawn from Conowingo Pond flows into a 487 ft long outer 
intake structure along the west bank of Conowingo Pond. Trash racks 
protect 32 outer intake openings and prevent large floating debris and 
ice floes from reaching 24 traveling screens. This cooling water intake 
structure is designed to reduce impingement by preventing fish and 
small debris from entering the system. The intake structure allows fish 
to avoid the screens by having a low approach velocity. The screens are 
made of 3/8-inch square mesh and are placed approximately 40 ft behind 
the outer trash racks in the outer intake structure. From the outer 
intake structure, water enters two, 700 ft-long and 200 ft-wide, intake 
basins. The cooling water for the condensers is drawn from these two 
intake basins.
    Cooling water discharges from the condensers into a 700 ft-long and 
400 ft-wide discharge basin where the heated cooling water then flows 
through a 4700 ft-long discharge canal. Three adjustable discharge 
gates at the end of the discharge canal control the flow to Conowingo 
Pond and maintain a discharge velocity between 5 and 8 ft/second.

Identification of the Proposed Action

    The proposed action is the issuance of amendments to the licenses 
PBAPS, Units 2 and 3, which would increase the maximum licensed thermal 
power level, for each reactor, from 3,514 MWt to 3,951 MWt. This 
change, referred to as an extended power uprate (EPU), represents an 
increase of approximately 12.4 percent above the current licensed 
thermal power level. This change is considered an EPU by the NRC 
because it exceeds the typical 7 percent power increase that can be 
accommodated with only minor plant changes. An EPU usually requires 
significant modifications to major plant equipment. The proposed EPU 
for PBAPS, Units 2 and 3, will require significant modifications as 
discussed in Attachment 9 to the licensee's application dated September 
28, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12286A011).
    If approved, these amendments would allow the heat output of each 
reactor to increase, which would increase the flow of steam to the 
turbines. This would increase the production of electricity, increase 
the amount of waste heat delivered to the condensers, and slightly 
raise the temperature of the water discharged into Conowingo Pond.
    Plant modifications to implement the EPU are expected to occur 
during normal refueling outages that occur for each reactor once every 
24 months and typically last for 30 to 40 days. If the EPU is approved, 
Unit 2 and 3 are expected to begin operating at the EPU core power 
level of 3,951 MWt in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

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The Need for the Proposed Action

    The current licenses for PBAPS, Units 2 and 3, contain a maximum 
authorized thermal power level for each reactor. The licensee desires 
to increase this power level in order to increase the electrical output 
of the plant without the need to site and construct new facilities. To 
allow this to occur, the NRC must amend the licenses for each unit to 
authorize the proposed new maximum thermal power level.

Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action

    At the time of issuance of the operating license for PBAPS, Units 2 
and 3, the NRC staff noted that any activity authorized by the license 
would be encompassed by the overall action evaluated in the Final 
Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the operation of the PBAPS 
reactors. This FEIS was issued in 1973, by the U.S. Atomic Energy 
Commission (predecessor agency to the NRC). The NRC revisited and 
updated the FEIS in January 2003, when the NRC published Supplement 10 
to NUREG-1437, ``Generic Environmental Impact Statement for the License 
Renewal of Nuclear Power Plants,'' that addressed the license renewal 
of PBAPS, Units 2 and 3 (ADAMS Accession No. ML030270059).
    The radiological and non-radiological impacts on the environment 
that may result from the proposed EPU are summarized below.

Non-Radiological Impacts

Land Use and Aesthetic Impacts

    Potential land use and aesthetic impacts for the proposed action 
include impacts from construction and plant modifications. All plant 
modifications will be implemented within existing buildings. No new 
construction will occur outside of existing plant areas, and no 
expansion of buildings, roads, parking lots, equipment lay-down areas, 
or storage areas will be required to support the proposed EPU. Exelon 
will use existing parking lots, road access, equipment lay-down areas, 
offices, workshops, warehouses, and restrooms during plant 
modifications. Therefore, land use conditions and visual aesthetics 
would not change significantly at PBAPS from EPU plant modifications. 
The EPU plant modifications are discussed in Attachment 9 to the 
licensee's application dated September 28, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML12286A011).
    The plant cooling towers are not ``routinely used'' (see ``Aquatic 
Resource Impacts'') and are not planned to be ``routinely used'' during 
and after implementation of the EPU. Therefore, consistent with the 
discussion in NUREG-1437, Supplement 10, Section 2.2.8.4, ``Visual 
Aesthetics and Noise,'' there should not be any significant impacts 
from the EPU, such as icing, fogging, plume, or noise impacts from the 
operation of cooling towers. No significant impacts should occur to 
land use and aesthetic resources in the vicinity of PBAPS from EPU 
plant modifications.

Non-Radioactive Waste Impacts

    As described in NUREG-1437, Supplement 10, Section 2.1.5, 
``Nonradioactive Waste Systems,'' the principal non-radioactive 
effluents from PBAPS, Units 2 and 3, consists of hazardous (chemical) 
wastes, lubrication oil wastes, and sanitary wastes. The PBAPS site is 
a small quantity hazardous material generator. Lubrication oils are 
normally injected into the auxiliary boiler fuel feed with a small 
quantity sent offsite for disposal. Spent batteries and discarded 
fluorescent lights are recycled. Sanitary waste is sent to the onsite 
sewage treatment plant. Implementation of the EPU will likely result in 
a short-term temporary increase in construction related solid waste and 
sanitary waste. The proposed EPU is not expected to cause a significant 
impact from the generation of nonradioactive waste.

Air Quality Impacts

    Major air pollution emission sources at the PBAPS site are 
regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection 
(PADEP). Nonradioactive emission sources at PBAPS result primarily from 
diesel generators that are routinely tested and used when needed to 
supply backup power. The other major source is from boilers used for 
space heating and to help with unit startups. Emissions from these 
sources are regulated by Pennsylvania's Permit Operating Program under 
Title V State permit number 67-05020. There will be no changes to the 
emissions from these sources as a result of the EPU. However, some 
minor and short duration air quality impacts would occur during 
implementation of the EPU. The main source of air emissions would come 
from the vehicles driven by outage workers needed to implement the EPU. 
This source will be short-term and temporary. Therefore, the proposed 
EPU is not expected to cause a significant impact on air quality.

Water Use Impacts

    The facility is authorized by the Susquehanna River Basin 
Commission to draw up to 2,363.62 million gallons/day of water from 
Conowingo Pond and to consume up to 49 million gallons/day. Consumptive 
water use at PBAPS consists of two key components: Evaporation and 
drift in the helper cooling towers when the towers are in operation; 
and in-stream evaporation from Conowingo Pond due to the additional 
thermal loading from the plant. The PADEP National Pollutant Discharge 
Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued to PBAPS (PA 0009733) requires 
that cooling towers must be available to prevent unwanted discharges of 
high-temperature water. If the three helper cooling towers are 
operated, water would be lost by evaporation at an approximate rate 5.5 
to 22 ft\3\/sec. This evaporative loss represents less than 2 percent 
of the minimum monthly average river flow. Once the EPU has been 
implemented, water consumption for plant cooling will not significantly 
change from pre-EPU operation.
    The PBAPS site also uses Conowingo Pond as a source of potable 
water for the PBAPS site. During the planned outages and modifications, 
the consumption of potable water will increase to support the temporary 
workforce. After the EPU has been implemented, there should not be any 
significant increase in the consumption of potable water. Since 
groundwater is not used as a source of water, there should not be any 
consumptive use of groundwater as a result of the EPU.
    The proposed EPU would not significantly increase water 
consumption. Therefore, the proposed EPU is not expected to cause a 
significant impact on water use.

Water Quality Impacts

    Since plant modifications will take place inside of existing 
buildings, construction activities should not result in groundwater or 
surface water pollution. The intake of water from Conowingo Pond for 
cooling will not increase as a result of the proposed EPU. Therefore, 
the discharge rates to Conowingo Pond should not increase. In turn, 
there should not be any changes to Conowingo Pond from increased 
turbidity, scouring, erosion, or sedimentation as a result of cooling 
water discharge. All plant wastewaters are managed in accordance with 
the NPDES permit issued by the PADEP. Plant wastewaters include 
discharges from the water treatment wastewater settling basin, 
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blowdown, dredging/rehandling basin, and sewage treatment plant. The 
volume of discharge from the sewage treatment plant may temporarily 
increase during construction, but will remain within permitted levels. 
Implementation of the proposed EPU will not alter the quality or 
quantity of plant waste water discharges. The proposed EPU would not 
increase the impacts to Conowingo Pond water quality. Therefore, the 
proposed EPU is not expected to cause a significant impact to water 
quality.

Aquatic Resource Impacts

    The potential impacts to aquatic resources from the proposed action 
could include impingement of aquatic life on barrier nets, trash racks, 
and traveling screens; entrainment of aquatic life through the cooling 
water intake structures and into the cooling water systems; and effects 
from the discharge of chemicals and heated water. However, the proposed 
EPU would not affect aquatic resources in a manner or to a degree that 
exceeds the analysis of effects in NUREG-1437, Supplement 10.
    The NRC staff concluded in NUREG-1437, Supplement 10, Section 
4.1.3, ``Impingement of Fish and Shellfish,'' that, during the 
continued operation of PBAPS, the potential impacts caused by the 
impingement of fish and shellfish on the debris screens of the cooling 
water intake system would be small (i.e., not detectable or so minor 
that they will neither destabilize nor noticeably alter any important 
attribute of the resource) and that impingement losses would not be 
great enough to adversely affect Susquehanna River aquatic populations. 
The NRC staff also concluded in NUREG-1437, Supplement 10, Section 
4.1.3, that, in the early life stages in the cooling water system, the 
potential impacts of entrainment of fish and shellfish would be small, 
and that there are no demonstrated, significant effects to the aquatic 
environment related to entrainment. Regarding the potential impacts of 
thermal discharges, in NUREG-1437, Supplement 10, Section 4.1.4, ``Heat 
Shock,'' the NRC staff concluded that the impacts are small and that 
the heated water discharged to Conowingo Pond does not change the 
temperature enough to adversely impact balanced, indigenous populations 
of fish and wildlife. Additionally, the NRC has generically determined 
that the effects from discharge of chlorine or other biocides, as well 
as accumulation of contaminants in sediments or biota, would be small 
for continued operations during a renewed license period at all plants 
as discussed in Section 4.5.1.1, ``Surface Water Resources, Discharge 
of Biocides, Sanitary Wastes, and Minor Chemical Spills,'' of the 
``Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear 
Plants,'' NUREG-1437, Volume 1, Revision 1, dated June 2013 (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML13106A241).
    The proposed EPU would not increase the volume or rate of water 
that is drawn from Conowingo Pond, and water withdrawals and 
consumptive use would continue to be regulated by the Susquehanna River 
Basin Commission with no changes to the current withdrawal 
authorizations. PBAPS's cooling water intake structure (described 
previously under ``Plant Site and Environs'') is designed to reduce 
impingement and entrainment of aquatic organisms, and the proposed EPU 
would not require any modifications to the current cooling system 
design. Thus, NRC staff concludes that compared to current operations, 
the proposed EPU would not change the impingement or entrainment rate 
of fish, shellfish, or other aquatic organisms.
    Chemical effluents discharged from PBAPS would not change in type 
or quantity under EPU conditions, and effluent discharges to Conowingo 
Pond will continue to be regulated by PADEP under the site's NPDES 
permit. Thus, NRC staff concludes that compared to current operations, 
the proposed EPU would not change the type or concentration of chemical 
effluents that could impact aquatic resources.
    The proposed EPU would increase the temperature of discharged 
water. Under current operating conditions, cooling water passing 
through the condensers can increase by as much as 22 [deg]F. Under the 
proposed EPU conditions, Exelon estimates that cooling water 
temperatures would increase by approximately 3 [deg]F, which would 
result in an increase of up to 25 [deg]F as water passes through the 
condensers. The NPDES permit for PBAPS limits the instantaneous maximum 
effluent temperature in the discharge canal (Outfall 001) to 110 
[deg]F. Heated effluent water released into the discharge canal travels 
4,700 ft south to a spillway, at which point it enters Conowingo Pond. 
A thermal study at PBAPS, conducted from June through October of 1999 
under zero cooling tower operation conditions, reported the daily 
average water temperatures at the discharge canal outfall ranged from 
66.7 [deg]F to 106.5[emsp14] [deg]F.
    Prior to the current NPDES permit (effective January 1, 2011), 
helper cooling towers at PBAPS were used only during extreme low flow 
and high temperature conditions in Conowingo Pond. The current NPDES 
permit requires PBAPS to operate one to three of its cooling towers 
from June 15 to September 15 as part of the permit's thermal and 
biological sampling requirements. Exelon began the required sampling in 
2010 and will continue the sampling through 2013. The study will, among 
other things, evaluate the changes in the thermal plume during helper 
cooling tower operation and create a model of these changes that takes 
into account proposed EPU conditions and other environmental influences 
to Conowingo Pond.
    In NUREG-1437, Supplement 10, Section 4.1.4, ``Heat Shock,'' the 
NRC staff concluded that for the continued operation of Units 2 and 3, 
the impacts from thermal effluents would be small. However, this 
conclusion was made assuming station conditions under the previous 
NPDES permit. As discussed on page 4 of Attachment 1 to the licensee's 
letter dated February 17, 2011, which transmitted the current NPDES 
permit and an evaluation of the modifications to the permit to the NRC 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML110490533), the previous permit did not require 
an instantaneous maximum effluent temperature action level. However, 
the current technical specifications in the NRC operating licenses for 
PBAPS, Units 2 and 3, require that plants be shut down when the 
instantaneous intake temperature exceeds 92[emsp14] [deg]F. As 
discussed in Attachment 1 to the licensee's letter, in this 
circumstance, and based on the condenser maximum temperature rise of 
21.66 [deg]F, the discharge canal should not exceed a maximum of 113.66 
[deg]F. Thus, the current NPDES permit, which stipulates an 
instantaneous maximum effluent temperature action level of 110 [deg]F, 
is inherently more protective of the environment. The previous NPDES 
permit did not require the operation of helper cooling towers. Use of 
helper cooling towers in the summer months has likely reduced this 
already small impact. Once completed, the thermal and biological 
studies will determine to what degree the helper cooling towers 
mitigate effluent temperatures and the character of the thermal plume. 
After the study is completed and based on the study results, Exelon 
will submit to PADEP an application to modify the NPDES permit. These 
modifications may include actions to manage the thermal discharge under 
EPU conditions. For any such future modifications, the PADEP must, in 
accordance with Section 316(a) of the Clean Water Act, ensure thermal 
effluent limitations assure the protection and propagation of a

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balanced, indigenous community of shellfish, fish, and wildlife in and 
on Conowingo Pond.
    In NUREG-1437, Supplement 10, Section 4.1.5, ``Microbiological 
Organisms (Public Health),'' the NRC staff concluded that the potential 
effects of microbiological organisms on human health from the operation 
of the plant's cooling water discharge to the aquatic environment on or 
in the vicinity of the site are small. As discussed in NUREG-1437, 
Supplement 10, Section 4.1.5, discharge temperatures from Units 2 and 3 
do not exceed 110 [deg]F in late summer. This is below the temperatures 
known to be conducive to growth and survival of thermophilic pathogens. 
The ongoing disinfection of the sewage effluent from PBAPS reduces the 
likelihood that a seed source or inoculants would be introduced to the 
station's heated discharge or to Conowingo Pond. As previously 
discussed, the current NPDES permit will continue to assure that there 
will not be any significant impacts on human health from 
microbiological organisms.
    The current NPDES permit includes thermal limitations and operating 
conditions that are more protective than the previous NPDES permit 
(considered in Section 4.1.4. ``Heat Shock,'' of NUREG-1437, Supplement 
10). The PADEP will continue to regulate and enforce PBAPS thermal 
discharges in a manner that will assure the protection and propagation 
of a balanced, indigenous community of shellfish, fish, and wildlife in 
and on Conowingo Pond. Therefore, the increase in thermal effluent 
under proposed EPU conditions would not result in a significant impact 
to aquatic resources.

Terrestrial Resource Impacts

    During EPU-related upgrades and plant modifications, impacts that 
could potentially affect terrestrial resources could come from noise, 
lighting, and other disturbances to wildlife. However, noise and 
lighting would not impact terrestrial species beyond what would be 
experienced during normal operations. This is because EPU-related 
upgrades and plant modifications would take place during normally 
planned outage periods, which are already periods of heightened 
activity. Habitat loss or fragmentation would not occur, because the 
proposed EPU would not involve any new construction outside of the 
existing facility footprint (discussed previously under ``Land Use and 
Aesthetic Impacts'') and would not require transmission system upgrades 
or modifications. No changes in transmission line maintenance and 
vegetation removal are anticipated. The EPU will increase electric 
current flowing through the transmission system. This will increase the 
strength of the electromagnetic field around the transmission lines. 
However, as discussed on pages 4-21 and 4-24 of Supplement 10 NUREG-
1437, the NRC has determined that a scientific consensus has not been 
reached on the chronic effects of the electromagnetic field on humans, 
and that significant impacts to the terrestrial biota have not been 
identified. Sediment transport and erosion is not a concern because 
EPU-related activities would only take place on previously developed 
land. Therefore, the proposed EPU is not expected to cause a 
significant impact on terrestrial resources.

Threatened and Endangered Species Impacts

    Under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended 
(ESA), Federal agencies, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service (FWS) or the National Marine Fisheries Service (as 
appropriate), must ensure that actions the agency authorizes, funds, or 
carries out are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any 
listed species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of 
critical habitat.
    The NRC staff has identified two federally listed species that 
occur in York County, Pennsylvania: The bog turtle (Glyptemys 
muhlenbergii) and the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), which are discussed 
below. The NRC staff also considered the possibility of the shortnose 
(Acipenser brevirostrum) and Atlantic (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) 
sturgeons to occur above Conowingo Dam in Conowingo Pond because, 
historically, sturgeon likely inhabited the Susquehanna River upstream 
of the location of the Conowingo Dam prior to its construction. 
Currently, sturgeons are known to occur in the lower Susquehanna River 
and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has noted the 
occurrence of sturgeon at Conowingo Dam. However, given the size of the 
dam and the fact that shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon typically do not 
use fish lifts that were designed for other species (Conowingo Dam's 
fish lift was designed for the passage of American shad (Alosa 
sapidissima)), the NRC reasonably concludes that neither the shortnose 
nor Atlantic sturgeon occur in Conowingo Pond.
    The FWS listed the northern population of the bog turtle as 
threatened under the ESA in 1997 (62 FR 59605). The FWS has not 
designated critical habitat for this species. Bog turtles inhabit early 
to mid-successional wetlands fed by groundwater or associated with the 
headwaters of streams and dominated by emergent vegetation. 
Pennsylvania counties identified by the FWS as containing extant bog 
turtle populations occur in the southeastern part of the state, and 
many occur within the Delaware River and Susquehanna River watersheds. 
In 2000, Exelon commissioned bog turtle habitat (Phase 1) surveys in 
the vicinity of PBAPS, but no areas of suitable habitat were identified 
during the surveys. The potential for adverse effects at the PBAPS site 
and along transmission line corridors to bog turtles was evaluated in 
Section 2.2.6, ``Terrestrial Resources,'' of NUREG-1437, Supplement 10. 
The NRC staff concluded in Section 4.6.2, ``Terrestrial Species,'' that 
continued operations during the license renewal term would have no 
effect on bog turtles due to the lack of suitable habitat. The NRC 
staff requested the FWS's concurrence with this determination in a 
letter, dated January 17, 2002 (ADAMS Accession No. ML020180445). The 
FWS concurred with this determination in a letter, dated April 17, 2002 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML021510200). The PBAPS site continues to lack 
suitable habitat for bog turtles, and the proposed EPU would not 
involve any habitat loss or fragmentation or any other significant 
impacts to the terrestrial environment. Therefore, the proposed EPU 
would have no effect on the bog turtle.
    The FWS listed the Indiana bat as endangered wherever found in 1967 
under the ESA's predecessor, the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 
1966 (32 FR 4001). The FWS has not designated critical habitat for the 
species in Pennsylvania (41 FR 41914). Areas of the PBAPS site that 
could serve as potential Indiana bat habitat include forested areas, 
forest edges, and riparian areas. The Pennsylvania Game Commission 
(PGC) reports that Indiana bats use habitat within York County during 
the summer. However, no hibernation or maternity sites occur in the 
county. The Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement did not 
consider the effects of continued operation of PBAPS during the license 
renewal term on Indiana bats. The proposed EPU would not disturb or 
alter any natural habitats on the PBAPS site or along any transmission 
line corridors, and other impacts such as noise and lighting during 
EPU-related upgrades. Furthermore, plant modifications would not result 
in a significant impact on the

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terrestrial environment. Therefore, the proposed EPU would have no 
effect on the Indiana bat.
    The NRC did not identify any designated critical habitat that could 
be affected by the proposed EPU, nor has the FWS proposed the listing 
or designation of any new species or critical habitat that could be 
affected by the proposed EPU. Therefore, the proposed EPU would have no 
effect on designated critical habitat, proposed species, or proposed 
critical habitat.

Essential Fish Habitat

    Section 305(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (MSA) includes requirements for Federal agencies to 
consider the impact of Federal actions on essential fish habitat (EFH) 
and to consult with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) if any 
activities may adversely affect EFH. According to the EFH Mapper and 
the NMFS's ``Guide to Essential Fish Habitat Designations in the 
Northeastern United States,'' NMFS has not designated any EFH under the 
MSA within the affected water bodies. Thus, the proposed EPU would have 
no effect on designated essential fish habitat.

Species Protected by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

    Within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the PGC, the Pennsylvania 
Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), and the Pennsylvania Department of 
Conservation and Natural Resources (PDCNR) oversee the protection of 
Commonwealth-listed species under the Pennsylvania Endangered Species 
Program. The PGC, PFBC, and PDCNR manage the recovery efforts for wild 
birds and mammals (34 Pa. Code 133); fish, amphibians, reptiles, and 
aquatic organisms (30 Pa. Code 75); and native plants (17 Pa. Code 45), 
respectively.
    As part of preparing its EPU application, Exelon performed a 
Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI) Environmental Review 
through the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program's Web site. The 
survey results indicated no known impacts to species of concern within 
the oversight of the PGC and FWS. No further review by these two 
agencies was required. Exelon also directly contacted some of the 
Pennsylvania agencies listed above to determine potential impacts to 
Commonwealth-listed species that could result from the proposed EPU. 
Exelon's PNDI Environmental Review indicated that there would be no 
impact to species under the PDCNR's jurisdiction and that no further 
project review from this agency was required. The PNDI Environmental 
Review indicated three terrestrial plant species under the PDCNR's 
purview could occur in the vicinity of PBAPS: The lobed spleenwort 
(Asplenia pinnatifidum), the harbinger-of-spring (Erigenia bulbosa), 
and the American holly (Ilex opaca). The PNDI Environmental Review also 
included recommended conservation measures from the PDCNR, which 
included practices that could avoid the introduction of invasive 
species. Exelon contacted the PDCNR directly via a letter dated January 
23, 2012, requesting that the PDCNR confirm Exelon's conclusion that 
the proposed EPU would not adversely affect any Commonwealth-listed 
threatened or endangered species. In their response, dated February 21, 
2012, the PDCNR indicated that the proposed EPU would not result in 
impacts to species under its jurisdiction. For species under the PFBC's 
purview, the PNDI Environmental Review indicated that further review 
was required to determine potential impacts. Exelon contacted the PFBC 
in a letter, dated January 23, 2012. Subsequently, the PFBC indicated 
in a letter, dated February 24, 2012, that no adverse impacts are 
expected to species under its jurisdiction from the proposed EPU. Each 
of the letters referenced in this paragraph are included in Exelon's 
supplemental environmental report, which was submitted as Attachment 8 
to the EPU application.
    The NRC staff reviewed the information discussed above in Exelon's 
EPU application concerning Commonwealth-listed species. The appropriate 
Pennsylvania agencies have confirmed the proposed EPU would not affect 
any species under their purview and NRC staff has not identified any 
impacts to the terrestrial or aquatic environment beyond those 
previously considered by each Pennsylvania agency in their reviews. 
Therefore, the proposed EPU would have no significant impacts to 
Commonwealth-listed species.

Socioeconomics

    Currently, approximately 900 permanent workers and 200 contract 
workers are employed at PBAPS. Exelon EPU-related plant modifications 
would occur during normally scheduled refueling outages and are 
estimated to last between 30 to 40 days for each reactor. During normal 
refueling outages, approximately 800 temporary workers are added to the 
normal workforce of 1,100 permanent and contract workers. The first 
phase of EPU modifications is planned to be implemented during the 2014 
outage. During that outage, approximately 1,300 additional temporary 
workers will be added to the normal outage workforce, with the total 
workforce at PBAPS peaking at approximately 3,200 workers over the 
modification period. Once EPU-related plant modifications have been 
completed, the size of workforce at PBAPS would return to normal 
levels. The PBAPS workforce will remain similar to pre-EPU levels, as 
will the temporary workforce needed for future refueling outages. The 
size of the workforce will be unaffected by implementation of the 
proposed EPU.
    The NRC expects most outage and EPU plant modification workers to 
relocate temporarily to communities in Lancaster or York County, 
resulting in short-term increases in the local population along with 
increased demands for public services and housing. As modification work 
would be temporary, most workers would likely stay in rental homes, 
apartments, mobile homes, and camper-trailers. The 2011 American 
Community Survey 1-year estimate for vacant housing units reported 
11,509 units in Lancaster County and 12,192 units in York County that 
could potentially ease the demand for local rental housing. Therefore, 
while a short duration temporary increase in plant employment would 
occur, this increase would have little or no noticeable effect on the 
availability of housing in the region.
    The additional number of workers, truck material, and equipment 
deliveries needed to support EPU-related plant modifications would 
likely cause short-term level of service impacts (restricted traffic 
flow and higher incident rates) on secondary roads in the immediate 
vicinity of PBAPS. Increased traffic volumes would be necessary to 
support implementation of EPU-related modifications during the 
refueling outage. As EPU-related plant modifications would occur during 
a normal refueling outage, there could be noticeable short-term (during 
certain hours of the day), level-of-service traffic impacts beyond what 
is experienced during normal outages. During periods of high traffic 
volume (i.e., morning and afternoon shift changes), work schedules 
could be staggered and employees and/or local police officials could be 
used to direct traffic entering and leaving PBAPS to minimize level-of-
service impacts.
    PBAPS currently pays property taxes and payments in lieu of 
property taxes to York County, Peach Bottom Township, and the South 
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property taxes and payments in lieu of property taxes paid by PBAPS 
could be affected by the increased value of PBAPS as a result of the 
EPU and increased power generation. Due to the short duration of EPU-
related plant modification activities, there would be little or no 
noticeable effect on local tax revenues generated by temporary workers 
residing in Lancaster and York counties.
    Therefore, based on the information presented above, no significant 
socioeconomic impacts are expected from EPU-related plant modifications 
and operations under EPU conditions in the vicinity of PBAPS.

Environmental Justice Impacts

    An environmental justice impact analysis evaluates the potential 
for disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental 
effects on minority and low-income populations that could result from 
activities associated with the proposed EPU at PBAPS. Such effects may 
include biological, cultural, economic, or social impacts. Minority and 
low-income populations are subsets of the general public residing in 
the vicinity of PBAPS, and all are exposed to the same health and 
environmental effects generated from activities at PBPAS.
    The NRC considered the demographic composition of the area within a 
50-mile radius of PBAPS to determine whether minority populations may 
be affected by the proposed action. The NRC examined the distribution 
of minority populations within 50 miles of PBAPS using the U.S. Census 
Bureau (USCB) data for 2010.
    According to the 2010 Census data, approximately 5 million people 
live within a 50-mile radius of PBPAS. Minority populations within 50 
miles compose 35.6 percent (approximately 1.8 million persons) of the 
total population. The largest minority group was Black or African-
American (approximately, 1.2 million persons or 23.1 percent), followed 
by Hispanic or Latino (of any race) (approximately 315,000 persons or 
6.3 percent). According to 2011 American Community Survey 1-Year 
Estimates, minority populations within Lancaster County comprise 10.2 
percent of the total population with the largest minority group being 
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) at 8.9 percent. Minority populations 
within York County comprise 12.2 percent of the total population with 
the largest minority group being Black or African-American at 6 
percent.
    According to 2011 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates census 
data for Lancaster and York counties, approximately 10.9 percent of the 
population residing within Lancaster County and 11.0 percent of the 
population residing in York County were determined to be living below 
the 2011 federal poverty threshold. In addition, approximately 7.9 
percent of families residing within Lancaster County and 8.2 percent of 
the families in York County were determined to be living below the 
Federal poverty threshold. The 2011 federal poverty threshold was 
$22,350 for a family of four and $10,890 for an individual. The median 
household income for Lancaster County was approximately $64,566 and for 
York County was approximately $66,053. Lancaster County median 
household income is 28.5 percent higher than the median household 
income (approximately $50,228) for Pennsylvania, while York County is 
31 percent higher.
    Potential impacts to minority and low-income populations would 
mostly consist of human health, environmental, and socioeconomic 
effects (e.g., noise, dust, traffic, employment, and housing impacts). 
Radiation doses from plant operations after the EPU are expected to 
continue to remain well below regulatory limits.
    Noise and dust impacts would be temporary and limited to onsite 
activities. Minority and low-income populations residing along site 
access roads could experience increased commuter vehicle traffic during 
outage shift changes. Increased demand for inexpensive rental housing 
during the EPU-related plant modifications could disproportionately 
affect low-income populations; however, due to the availability of 
housing, impacts would be of short duration (approximately 30 to 40 
days) and limited. Furthermore, according to the 2011 American 
Community Survey 1-year estimate, there were 11,509 vacant housing 
units in Lancaster County and 12,192 vacant housing units in York 
County available to help alleviate any short-term increased demand.
    Based on this information and the analysis of human health and 
environmental impacts presented in this environmental assessment, the 
proposed EPU would not have disproportionately high and adverse human 
health and environmental effects on minority and low-income populations 
residing in the PBAPS vicinity.

Historic and Cultural Resources Impacts

    There are no records of historic and cultural resources being found 
on PBAPS property. However, there is the potential to find historic and 
cultural resources at the PBAPS site as the majority of recorded 
archaeological sites in the region are found within the first terraces 
above the Susquehanna River. The likelihood of these resources being 
present at PBAPS has diminished as the terraces near PBAPS were flooded 
by the formation of Conowingo Pond. Nevertheless, there are nine 
historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places 
within 6 miles of PBAPS.
    As previously discussed, all EPU-related plant modifications would 
take place within existing buildings and facilities at PBAPS, including 
replacing two electrical transformers on an existing pad. Since no 
ground disturbance or construction-related activities would occur 
outside of previously disturbed areas and existing electrical 
transmission facilities, there would be no significant impact from EPU-
related plant modifications on historic and archaeological resources, 
should they be found on or in the vicinity of PBAPS.

Non-Radiological Cumulative Impacts

    The NRC staff considered potential cumulative impacts on the 
environment resulting from the incremental impact of the proposed EPU 
when added to other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future 
actions in the vicinity of PBAPS. For the purposes of this analysis, 
past actions are related to the construction and licensing of PBAPS, 
present actions are related to current operations, and future actions 
are those that are reasonably foreseeable through the end of station 
operations including operations under the EPU.
    There will not be significant cumulative impacts to the resource 
areas of air quality, groundwater, threatened and endangered species, 
or historic and cultural resources in the vicinity of PBAPS, because 
the contributory effect of ongoing actions within a region are 
regulated and monitored through a permitting process under State or 
Federal authority (e.g. NPDES and 401/404 permits under the Clean Water 
Act). In these cases, impacts are managed as long as these actions are 
in compliance with their respective permits and conditions of 
certification.
    Surface water and aquatic resources were examined for potential 
cumulative impacts. The geographic boundary for potential cumulative 
impacts is the area of the post-EPU thermal mixing zone in Conowingo 
Pond. If the proposed EPU is approved and is implemented, PBAPS is 
predicted to have a slightly larger and hotter mixing zone than pre-
uprate conditions during full flow and capacity. The NRC staff 
anticipates that

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PBAPS will continue to operate post-EPU in full compliance with the 
requirements of the PADEP. The PADEP would evaluate PBAPS compliance 
with its individual wastewater facility permit.
    Land use, and aesthetics impacts from the EPU are not expected to 
contribute to cumulative impacts as there will be no construction of 
new transmission facilities on site, transmission maintenance and 
vegetation practices will not change, and all plant modifications will 
be implemented within existing buildings.
    As discussed in the aquatic biology section, the abundance of 
aquatic organisms as a source of food for terrestrial organisms should 
not change. During the construction of the EPU, only minor temporary 
changes in air emissions from additional workers and construction 
equipment are expected. No changes to air emission from implementation 
of the EPU are expected. There will not be any increases to surface 
water or air that would increase the impact to terrestrial biota as a 
result of the EPU. Therefore, the NRC staff concludes that impacts to 
terrestrial biota are not expected to contribute to cumulative impacts 
to terrestrial resources as a result of the proposed action.
    The greatest socioeconomic impacts from the proposed EPU and 
continued operation of PBAPS would occur during the 2014 outage. The 
increase in EPU-related construction workforces would have a temporary 
effect on socioeconomic conditions in local communities from the 
increased demand for temporary housing, public services (e.g., public 
schools), and increased traffic, but would not contribute to cumulative 
impacts. No significant cumulative impacts are expected as a result of 
the proposed EPU.

Non-Radiological Impacts Summary

    As discussed above, the proposed EPU would not result in any 
significant non-radiological impacts. Table 1 summarizes the non-
radiological environmental impacts of the proposed EPU at PBAPS.

       Table 1--Summary of Non-Radiological Environmental Impacts
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Land Use and Aesthetic................  The proposed EPU is not expected
                                         to cause a significant impact
                                         on land use conditions and
                                         aesthetic resources.
Non-Radioactive Waste.................  The proposed EPU is not expected
                                         to cause a significant impact
                                         from the generation of
                                         nonradioactive waste.
Air Quality...........................  The proposed EPU is not expected
                                         to cause a significant impact
                                         on air quality.
Water Use.............................  The proposed EPU is not expected
                                         to cause a significant impact
                                         on water use.
Water Quality.........................  The proposed EPU is not expected
                                         to cause a significant impact
                                         on water quality.
Aquatic Resources.....................  The proposed EPU is not expected
                                         to cause a significant impact
                                         on aquatic resources.
Terrestrial Resources.................  The proposed EPU is not expected
                                         to cause a significant impact
                                         on terrestrial resources.
Threatened and Endangered Species.....  The proposed EPU would have no
                                         effect on any species or
                                         habitats protected under the
                                         Endangered Species Act or on
                                         designated essential fish
                                         habitat protected under the
                                         Magnuson-Stevens Fishery
                                         Conservation and Management
                                         Act. Additionally, the proposed
                                         EPU would have no significant
                                         impacts on any Pennsylvania-
                                         listed species.
Socioeconomics........................  No significant socioeconomic
                                         impacts are expected as a
                                         result of the proposed EPU.
Environmental Justice.................  The proposed EPU is not expected
                                         to cause any disproportionately
                                         high and adverse human health
                                         and environmental effects on
                                         minority and low-income
                                         populations residing in the
                                         PBAPS vicinity.
Historic and Cultural Resources.......  The proposed EPU is not expected
                                         to cause any significant impact
                                         to historic and cultural
                                         resources.
Non-Radiological Cumulative...........  No significant non-radiological
                                         cumulative impacts are expected
                                         as a result of the proposed
                                         EPU.
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Radiological Impacts

Radioactive Gaseous, Liquid Effluents and Solid Waste

    Units 2 and 3 use waste treatment systems to collect, process, 
recycle, and dispose of gaseous, liquid, and solid wastes that contain 
radioactive material in a safe and controlled manner within NRC and 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) radiation safety standards. The 
licensee's evaluation of plant operation at the proposed EPU conditions 
shows that no physical changes would be needed to the radioactive 
gaseous, liquid, or solid waste systems.

Radioactive Gaseous Effluents

    The gaseous waste management system manages radioactive gases 
generated during the nuclear fission process. Radioactive gaseous 
wastes are composed of activation gases and radioactive noble gases 
from the reactor coolant system, gases from the charcoal treatment 
system, and gases collected during venting of plant piping. The 
licensee's evaluation determined that implementation of the proposed 
EPU would not significantly increase the volume of gases processed in 
the gaseous waste management system, since plant system functions are 
not changing and the volume of gases from the plant systems are not 
expected to change. The analysis also showed the proposed increase in 
power level would increase the total amount of radioactivity in the 
gaseous waste management system. However, the licensee's evaluation 
concluded that the increased radioactivity would not require any 
changes to the gaseous waste management system. The system would 
continue to safely control and process the waste in accordance with 
plant procedures to maintain radioactive gaseous releases within the 
dose limits of 10 CFR 20.1301 and the as low as is reasonably 
achievable (ALARA) dose objectives in appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 and 
EPA's 40 CFR part 190.

Radioactive Liquid Effluents

    The liquid waste management system collects, processes, and 
prepares radioactive liquid waste for disposal. Radioactive liquid 
wastes include liquids from plant systems containing reactor coolant 
and liquids that became contaminated from contact with plant systems 
containing radioactive liquids. The licensee's evaluation shows that 
the proposed EPU would not significantly increase the inventory of 
liquid normally processed by the liquid waste management system. This 
is because the system functions are not changing and the volume inputs 
remain approximately the same. The licensee's evaluation showed the 
proposed EPU would increase the total amount of radioactivity in the 
liquid waste

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management system. However, since the composition of the radioactive 
material in the waste and the volume of radioactive material processed 
through the system are not expected to significantly change, the 
licensee's evaluation concluded that no changes are needed to the 
system's design or operation. The existing equipment and plant 
procedures will continue to control radioactive liquid releases to the 
environment within the NRC's dose limits in 10 CFR 20.1301 and ALARA 
dose standards in appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 and EPA's 40 CFR part 
190.

Public Radiation Doses at EPU Conditions

    The primary sources of offsite dose to members of the public from 
Units 2 and 3 are radioactive gaseous and liquid effluents. As 
discussed in the radioactive gaseous and liquid effluent sections 
above, operation at the proposed EPU conditions will not change the 
radioactive gaseous and liquid waste management systems' abilities to 
perform its intended functions to safely control and process the waste. 
There would be no change to the radiation monitoring system and 
procedures used to control the release of radioactive effluents in 
accordance with NRC radiation protection standards for the public in 10 
CFR 20.1301 and appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 and EPA's 40 CFR part 190.
    The licensee evaluated the projected dose to members of the public 
from radioactive effluents at the proposed EPU by using actual dose 
data reported for the period from 2005 through 2008 and recalculated 
the dose based on the proposed EPU. The following bullets summarize the 
projected maximum dose to a member of the public located outside the 
PBAPS site boundary from radioactive gaseous and liquid effluents from 
the proposed EPU:
     The maximum whole body dose to an offsite member of the 
public from the combined radioactive liquid effluents from Units 2 and 
3 is 1.52 x 10-2 millirem (mrem)/year, which is well below 
the 6 mrem/year dose criterion in appendix I to 10 CFR art 50 for two 
reactor units.
     The maximum organ dose to an offsite member of the public 
from the combined radioactive liquid effluents from Units 2 and 3 is 
1.98 x 10-2 mrem/year, which is well below the 20 mrem/year 
dose criterion in appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 for two reactor units.
     The maximum air dose at the site boundary from gamma 
radiation from the combined gaseous effluents from Units 2 and 3 is 
7.27 x 10-1 millirad (mrad)/year, which is well below the 20 
mrad/year dose criterion in appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 for two 
reactor Units.
     The maximum air dose at the site boundary from beta 
radiation in the combined gaseous effluents from Units 2 and 3 is 1.42 
x 10-1 mrad/year, which is well below the 40 mrad/year dose 
criterion in appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 for two reactor units.
     The maximum organ (thyroid) dose to an offsite member of 
the public from radioactive iodine and radioactive material in 
particulate form from Units 2 and 3 is 5.12 mrem/year, which is well 
below the 30 mrem/year dose criterion in appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 
for two reactor units.
     Based on the projected annual EPU doses from radioactive 
gaseous and liquid effluents from Units 2 and 3 being well within the 
dose criteria in appendix I to 10 CFR part 50 and the projected 
negligible direct shine dose contribution from components within the 
facilities, including the independent spent fuel storage installation, 
the total dose will be well within the 40 CFR 190 annual whole body 
dose standard of 25 mrem/year.
    Based on the above, the projected radiation doses to members of the 
public from the proposed EPU are expected to be within Federal 
regulatory limits and therefore, would not be significant.

Occupational Radiation Doses at EPU Conditions

    The licensee's evaluation determined that the radioactivity levels 
in plant systems are expected to increase with the proposed EPU. 
Permanent shielding to reduce radiation levels is used throughout the 
two reactor units to protect workers. The licensee's evaluation of the 
current shielding design determined that it is adequate to continue to 
protect the workers from the projected increased radiation levels. In 
addition to the permanent shielding, the licensee's radiation 
protection program, through the use of training, protective clothing 
and equipment, temporary shielding, monitoring radiation levels, and 
direct oversight by radiation protection personnel at individual job 
sites, will ensure that radiation exposures to workers will be ALARA, 
as required by 10 CFR 20.1101. Based on the above information, the NRC 
staff concludes that the proposed EPU is not expected to significantly 
affect radiation levels within the plant and would not be a significant 
radiological impact to the workers.

Radioactive Solid Wastes

    Radioactive solid wastes include solids recovered from the reactor 
coolant systems, solids that come into contact with the radioactive 
liquids or gases, and solids used in the reactor coolant process 
system. The licensee evaluated the potential effects of the proposed 
EPU on the solid waste management system. The results of the evaluation 
indicate that the proposed EPU will increase the volume and activity of 
radioactive solid waste by approximately 14 percent. The largest volume 
of radioactive solid waste generated at Units 2 and 3 is low-level 
radioactive waste which includes used resins, filters, dry compressible 
waste, irradiated components, and waste oil and ash.
    As stated by the licensee, the proposed EPU would not have a 
significant effect on the radioactive solid waste system. The proposed 
EPU would not generate a new type of waste or create a new waste 
stream. No changes are needed to the system to accommodate the 
projected additional volume and activity. The equipment used to process 
the solid waste is designed and operated to ensure that hazards to the 
workers and the environment are minimized. Waste processing areas are 
monitored for radiation as part of the radiation protection program to 
ensure that radiation exposure to workers is maintained within NRC dose 
limits in 10 CFR 20.1201.
    Based on the above, the licensee is expected to continue to safely 
control and process radioactive solid waste from the proposed EPU in 
accordance with NRC requirements. Therefore, the impacts from solid 
waste would not be significant.

Spent Nuclear Fuel

    Spent fuel from Units 2 and 3 is stored in the plant's spent fuel 
pool and in dry casks in the independent spent fuel storage 
installation (ISFSI). Spent fuel generated after implementation of the 
proposed EPU will also be stored in the spent fuel pool and the ISFSI. 
Units 2 and 3 are licensed to use uranium-dioxide fuel up to a maximum 
enrichment of 5 percent by weight uranium-235. The typical average 
enrichment is approximately 4.2 percent by weight of uranium-235. The 
average fuel assembly discharge burnup for the proposed EPU is expected 
to be approximately 51,000 megawatt days per metric ton uranium (MWd/
MTU) with no fuel pins exceeding the maximum fuel rod burnup limit of 
62,000 MWd/MTU. The licensee will maintain these fuel characteristics 
during the proposed EPU. There will be no change to the fuel design or 
the current 24-month refueling cycle. The

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fuel characteristics for enrichment and burnup presented above, will 
ensure that environmental impacts associated with the spent fuel will 
remain within the impact values contained in: (1) 10 CFR 51.51, Table 
S-3, ``Table of Uranium Fuel Cycle Environmental Data''; (2) 10 CFR 
51.52, Table S-4, ``Environmental Impact of Transportation of Fuel and 
Waste to and from One Light-Water-Cooled Nuclear Power Reactor''; as 
supplemented by (3) NUREG-1437, Volume 1, Addendum 1, ``Generic 
Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants, 
Main Report, Section 6.3--Transportation, Table 9.1, Summary of 
findings on NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act] issues for license 
renewal of nuclear power plants'' (ADAMS Accession No. ML040690720).
    Therefore, there would be no significant impacts resulting from 
spent nuclear fuel.

Design-Basis Accidents

    Design-basis accidents (DBAs) are evaluated by both the licensee 
and the NRC staff to ensure that Units 2 and 3 can withstand a spectrum 
of postulated accidents without undue hazard to the health and safety 
of the public.
    Separate from the NRC staff's environmental assessment in this 
document, the NRC staff is evaluating the licensee's DBA analyses of 
the potential radiological consequences that may result from the 
proposed EPU. The results of the NRC staff's safety evaluation and 
conclusion will be documented in a Safety Evaluation (SE) that will be 
made publically available. If the NRC staff concludes in the SE that 
the radiological consequences of DBAs at the proposed EPU power levels 
are within NRC requirements, then the proposed EPU will not have a 
significant impact with respect to the radiological consequences of 
DBAs.

Radiological Cumulative Impacts

    The radiological dose limits for protection of the public and plant 
workers have been developed by the NRC and EPA to address the 
cumulative impact of acute and long-term exposure to radiation and 
radioactive material. These dose limits are codified in 10 CFR part 20 
and 40 CFR part 190.
    The cumulative radiation doses are required to be within the limits 
set forth in the regulations cited above. The public dose limit of 25 
mrem/year in 40 CFR part 190 applies to all reactors that may be on a 
site and also includes any other nearby nuclear facilities. Currently, 
there are no other operating nuclear power reactors located near Units 
2 and 3. As discussed in the public radiation dose section, the NRC 
staff reviewed the licensee's projected post-EPU radiation dose data 
and concluded that the projected dose to members of the public would be 
well within the limits of 10 CFR part 20 and 40 CFR part 190. The NRC 
staff expects continued compliance with NRC's and EPA's public dose 
limits during operation at the proposed EPU power level. Therefore, the 
NRC staff concludes that there would not be a significant cumulative 
radiological impact to members of the public from radioactive effluents 
from Units 2 and 3 at the proposed EPU operation.
    As previously discussed, the licensee has a radiation protection 
program that maintains worker doses within the dose limits in 10 CFR 
20.1201. The NRC staff expects continued compliance with NRC's 
occupational dose limits during operation at the proposed EPU power 
level.

Radiological Impacts Summary

    Based on the radiological evaluations discussed above, with the 
exception of the impacts associated with DBAs which the NRC staff is 
evaluating separately from this EA, the proposed EPU would not result 
in any significant radiological impacts. If the NRC staff concludes in 
its SE that the DBAs associated with the proposed EPU meet NRC 
requirements, then the environmental impacts will not be significant. 
Table 2 summarizes the radiological environmental impacts of the 
proposed EPU at the PBNP.

                             Table 2--Summary of Radiological Environmental Impacts
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Radioactive Gaseous Effluents........................................  Radioactive gaseous effluents are
                                                                        expected to be adequately handled by the
                                                                        existing radwaste system.
Radioactive Liquid Effluents.........................................  Radioactive liquid effluents are expected
                                                                        to be adequately handled by the existing
                                                                        radwaste system.
Public Radiation Doses at EPU Conditions.............................  Radiation doses to members of the public
                                                                        from radioactive effluents are expected
                                                                        to remain below NRC (10 CFR 20.1301 and
                                                                        appendix I) and EPA radiation protection
                                                                        standards (40 CFR part 190).
Occupational Radiation Doses at EPU Conditions.......................  Radiation doses to workers are expected
                                                                        to remain within NRC dose limits (10 CFR
                                                                        20.1201).
Radioactive Solid Wastes.............................................  Radioactive solid waste is expected to be
                                                                        adequately handled by the existing
                                                                        radwaste system.
Spent Nuclear Fuel...................................................  The spent fuel characteristics will
                                                                        remain within the bounding criteria used
                                                                        in the impact analysis in 10 CFR part
                                                                        51, Table S-3.
Design-Basis Accidents...............................................  If the NRC staff concludes in the SE that
                                                                        the radiological consequences of DBAs at
                                                                        the proposed EPU power levels are within
                                                                        NRC requirements, then DBAs will not
                                                                        have a significant radiological
                                                                        consequence.
Radiological Cumulative Impacts......................................  Radiation doses to the public and plant
                                                                        workers would remain below NRC (10 CFR
                                                                        part 20) and EPA (40 CFR part 190)
                                                                        radiation protection standards.
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Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action

    As an alternative to the proposed action, the NRC staff considered 
denial of the proposed EPU (i.e., the ``no-action'' alternative) for 
PBAPS, Units 2 and 3. Denial of the application would result in no 
change in the current environmental impacts. However, if the EPU were 
not approved, other agencies and electric power organizations might be 
required to pursue other means of providing electric generation 
capacity, such as fossil fuel or alternative fuel power generation, to 
offset future demand. Construction and operation of such a fossil-
fueled or alternative-fueled plant may create impacts in air quality, 
land use, and waste management significantly greater than those 
identified for the proposed EPU.

Alternative Use of Resources

    This action does not involve the use of any different resources 
(water, air, land, nuclear fuel) not previously considered in NUREG-
1437, Supplement 10.

Agencies and Persons Consulted

    In accordance with its stated policy, on September 6, 2013, the 
staff consulted with the Pennsylvania State

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official, Mr. Brad Fuller of the Pennsylvania Department of 
Environmental Protection, regarding the environmental impact of the 
proposed action. The State official had no comments.

IV. Draft Finding of No Significant Impact

    The NRC is proposing to amend Renewed Facility Operating License 
Nos. DPR-44 and DPR-56 for PBAPS, Units 2 and 3. The proposed 
amendments would authorize an increase in the maximum reactor power 
level from 3514 MWt to 3951 MWt.
    The NRC has determined not to prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement for the proposed action. The proposed action will not have a 
significant effect on the quality of the human environment because, 
amending the licenses with the higher maximum reactor power level, will 
not result in any significant radiological or non-radiological impacts. 
Accordingly, the NRC has determined that a draft Finding of No 
Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate. The NRC's draft 
Environmental Assessment (EA), included in Section III above, is 
incorporated by reference into this finding.
    The NRC's draft FONSI and the related environmental documents 
listed below are available for public inspection and may be inspected 
online through the NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management 
System (ADAMS) at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. You may 
also inspect these documents at the NRC's Public Document Room as 
discussed in Section I, ``Accessing Information and Submitting 
Comments,'' above.
    The NRC's draft FONSI and the associated draft EA are available in 
ADAMS at Accession No. ML13202A081. Related environmental documents 
supporting the NRC's draft FONSI are as follows: (1) Attachment 8, 
``Supplemental Environmental Report,'' to Exelon's EPU amendment 
request dated September 28, 2012 (ADAMS Accession No. ML12286A011); (2) 
NUREG-1437, Volume 1, Addendum 1, ``Generic Environmental Impact 
Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants, Main Report, Section 
6.3--Transportation, Table 9.1, Summary of findings on NEPA issues for 
license renewal of nuclear power plants,'' dated August 1999 (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML040690720); (3) Supplement 10 to NUREG-1437, ``Generic 
Environmental Impact Statement for the License Renewal of Nuclear Power 
Plants, Regarding Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3,'' 
dated January 2003 (ADAMS Accession No. ML030270059); and (4) ``Generic 
Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants,'' 
NUREG-1437, Volume 1, Revision 1, dated June 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML13106A241).

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 1st day of October 2013.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Veronica Rodriguez,
Acting Chief, Plant Licensing Branch I-2, Division of Operating Reactor 
Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
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