[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 152 (Monday, August 10, 2009)]
[Pages 39979-39980]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-19056]



[NRC-2009-0348; Docket No. 50-443]

FPL Energy Seabrook, LLC, et al.\*\; Seabrook Station, Unit No. 
1; Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering 
issuance of an amendment for Facility Operating License No. NPF-86, 
issued to FLP Energy Seabrook, LLC (the licensee), for operation of the 
Seabrook Station, Unit No. 1, located in Rockingham County, New 
Hampshire. Therefore, as required by 10 CFR 51.21, the NRC is issuing 
this environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact.

    \*\ FPL Energy Seabrook, LLC (FPLE Seabrook) is authorized to 
act as agent for the Hudson Light & Power Department, Massachusetts 
Municipal Wholesale Electric Company, and Taunton Municipal Light 
and has exclusive responsibility and control over the physical 
construction, operation and maintenance of the facility.

Environmental Assessment

Identification of the Proposed Action

    The proposed action would change the legal name of the Licensee and 
Co-owner from ``FPL Energy Seabrook, LLC'' to ``NextEra Energy 
Seabrook, LLC.''
    The proposed action is in accordance with the licensee's 
application dated April 16, 2009.

The Need for the Proposed Action

    The proposed action is necessary to reflect the legal change of 
name of the Licensee and Co-Owner on April 16, 2009.

Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action

    The NRC has concluded in its safety evaluation of the proposed 
action that

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since this action is for a name change only that (1) there is a 
reasonable assurance that the health and safety of the public will not 
be endangered by operation in the proposed manner, (2) such activities 
will be conducted in compliance with the Commission's regulations, and 
(3) the issuance of the amendments will not be inimical to the common 
defense and security or to the health and safety of the public.
    The details of the staff's safety evaluation will be provided in 
the license amendment that will be issued as part of the letter to the 
licensee approving the license amendment.
    The proposed action will not significantly increase the probability 
or consequences of accidents. No changes are being made in the types of 
effluents that may be released offsite. There is no significant 
increase in the amount of any effluent released offsite. There is no 
significant increase in individual or cumulative occupational radiation 
exposure. Therefore, there are no significant radiological 
environmental impacts associated with the proposed action.
    With regard to potential non-radiological impacts, the proposed 
action does not have a potential to affect any historic sites. It does 
not affect non-radiological plant effluents and has no other 
environmental impact. Therefore, there are no significant non-
radiological environmental impacts associated with the proposed action.
    Accordingly, the NRC concludes that there are no significant 
environmental impacts associated with the proposed action.

Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action

    As an alternative to the proposed action, the staff considered 
denial of the proposed action (i.e., the ``no-action'' alternative). 
Denial of the application would result in no change in current 
environmental impacts. The environmental impacts of the proposed action 
and the alternative action are similar.

Alternative Use of Resources

    The action does not involve the use of any different resources than 
those previously considered in the Final Environmental Statement for 
the Seabrook Station, Unit No. 1, NUREG-0895, dated December 1982.

Agencies and Persons Consulted

    In accordance with its stated policy, on July 16, 2009, the staff 
consulted with the New Hampshire and Massachusetts State officials, 
Messrs. M. Nawoj and J. Giarrusso, respectively, regarding the 
environmental impact of the proposed action. Neither State official had 
any comments.

Finding of No Significant Impact

    On the basis of the environmental assessment, the NRC concludes 
that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the 
quality of the human environment. Accordingly, the NRC has determined 
not to prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed 
    For further details with respect to the proposed action, see the 
licensee's letter dated April 16, 2009. Documents may be examined, and/
or copied for a fee, at the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR), located 
at One White Flint North, Public File Area O1 F21, 11555 Rockville Pike 
(first floor), Rockville, Maryland. Publicly available records will be 
accessible electronically from the Agencywide Documents Access and 
Management System (ADAMS) Public Electronic Reading Room on the 
Internet at the NRC Web site, http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. 
Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in 
accessing the documents located in ADAMS should contact the NRC PDR 
Reference staff by telephone at 1-800-397-4209 or 301-415-4737, or send 
an e-mail to [email protected].

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 31st day of July 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Dennis Egan,
Senior Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch 1-2, Division of 
Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. E9-19056 Filed 8-7-09; 8:45 am]