NRC looks for public input on Exelon
By by Dianna Wray
Nov. 6, 2010 at 6:06 a.m.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is coming to town to hear what Victoria residents have to say about Exelon Nuclear.
There are still no plans to build in Victoria at this time, Exelon Nuclear project manager Chris Kerr said, but the company is pursuing the Early Site Permit from NRC in case they decide to do so in the future.
The permit will give them the option of building a plant in Victoria for the next 20 years, Kerr said.
"We couldn't keep going with construction because of economic concerns, but the permit keeps our options open," Kerr said.
Exelon Nuclear submitted an application for an Early Site Permit for the Victoria County to the NRC in March.
This is the second step in the regulatory agency's review of the application.
There are two meetings scheduled for Dec. 2 to give the public a chance to bring any environmental issues to the agency's attention.
The meetings give residents a chance to have input and give feedback to the agency, NRC Region 4 public affairs officer Lara Uselding said.
"As part of the environmental review, we're providing people a chance who live near the site to provide feedback, positive or negative," Uselding said.
The NRC held a similar meeting looking at the safety review submitted by Exelon to the NRC in April.
This meeting will be a little more formal than the one held in April.
Those who wish to speak may register in advance or may register the day of the meeting by arriving 15 minutes before each of the two meetings start.
Those attending the meeting will have the chance to bring any environmental concerns to the NRC's attention when the environmental scoping section of the application is actually reviewed.
"Our mission is to protect public health and safety, so its very important that we hear from the individuals that live near the plants," Uselding said.