[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 241 (Thursday, December 15, 2016)]
[Pages 90875-90876]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-30154]



[Docket Nos. 52-040 and 52-041; NRC-2009-0337]

Combined License Application for Turkey Point Nuclear Plant, 
Units 6 and 7

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Supplemental environmental impact statement; issuance.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, are issuing a supplement to 
the final environmental impact statement (EIS), NUREG-2176, 
``Environmental Impact Statement for Combined Licenses (COL) for Turkey 
Point Nuclear Plant, Units 6 and 7.'' Florida Power and Light Company 
(FPL) submitted an application for COLs to construct and operate two 
new nuclear power plants at its Turkey Point site near Homestead, 
Florida. This supplement to the final EIS considers and responds to 59 
comment letters that were inadvertently not included in the final EIS.

DATES: The supplement to the final EIS is available as of December 2, 

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2009-0337, when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may obtain 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-2009-0337. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-
3463; email: [email protected]. 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 obtain publicly-available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Documents collection 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 [email protected]. The 
supplement to the final EIS is available in ADAMS under Accession No. 
     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.
     Project Web site: The final EIS can be accessed online at 
the Turkey Point COL specific Web page at http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/col/turkey-point.html.
     South Dade Regional Library and Homestead Branch Library: 
The supplement final EIS is available for public inspection at 10750 SW 
211th St., Cutler Bay, Florida 33189; and 700 N. Homestead Blvd., 
Homestead, Florida 33030.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alicia Williamson Dickerson, Office of 
New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001, telephone: 301-415-1878, email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NRC issued NUREG-2176, ``Environmental 
Impact Statement for Combined Licenses (COLs) for Turkey Point Nuclear 
Plant, Units 6 and 7,'' on October 28, 2016 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML16335A219). On November 2, 2016, the NRC published a Federal Register 
notice (81 FR 76392) to announce the availability of the final EIS. 
After publication of the final EIS on October 28, 2016, however, the 
NRC identified 59 comment letters that were received before the draft 
EIS comment period closed but which were inadvertently not included in 
Appendix E to the final EIS.
    The NRC staff considered all 59 comment letters and determined that 
none of them provides new and significant information regarding the 
project or its environmental impacts. In evaluating the comments in the 
letters, the staff determined that it had already addressed the 
majority of comments by responding to other similar comments in 
Appendix E to the final EIS. In developing a document to respond to the 
comments in the letters not included in the final EIS, the staff 
concluded that, for public access and readability, the most effective 
method for documenting the staff responses would include reprinting the 
applicable existing responses in Appendix E. The staff also recognized 
that responses drawn from the final EIS (including existing responses 
in Appendix E) would be

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warranted if an existing response did not explicitly address a comment. 
Accordingly, the NRC staff is of the opinion that issuance of a 
supplement under the unique circumstances present here--primarily the 
length of the document due to the repetition of existing text from the 
final EIS for clarity and readability--will enhance the transparency of 
the NRC process for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act 
of 1969, as amended (NEPA) and will further the purposes of NEPA. 
Therefore, the NRC staff has prepared Supplement 1 to NUREG-2176 in 
accordance with section 51.92(c) of title 10 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (10 CFR). This supplement solely responds to comments 
previously submitted on the draft EIS. Because there are no changes to 
the proposed action and the comments do not provide new and significant 
information relevant to environmental concerns bearing on the proposed 
action or its impacts, 10 CFR 51.92(f) does not require the NRC to 
solicit comments on the supplement.
    The final EIS summarizes the results of the review team's 
environmental analysis of the FPL COL application for compliance with 
the requirements of 10 CFR part 51. On the basis of the information 
contained in the final EIS and this supplement, the review team finds 
that the comment letters not included in the final EIS did not provide 
information that would change the analysis in the final EIS or the NRC 
staff's recommendation to the Commission that the COLs be issued as 
proposed. This recommendation is based on (1) the application, 
including the Environmental Report (ER), submitted by FPL; (2) 
consultation with Federal, State, Tribal, and local agencies; (3) the 
review team's independent review; (4) consideration of public comments 
received on the environmental review; and (5) the assessments 
summarized in the EIS and this supplement, including the potential 
mitigation measures identified in the ER and the EIS.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 8th day of December, 2016.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Francis Akstulewicz,
Director, Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of New Reactors.
[FR Doc. 2016-30154 Filed 12-14-16; 8:45 am]