Feds invite public to check out South Texas nuclear plant renewal

Federal regulators will answer questions from the public about a proposal to renew operating licenses for the South Texas Project nuclear plant near Bay City.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled an open house to discuss the license renewal application from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Aug 1 at the Center for Energy Development, 4000 Avenue F in Bay City.

Existing licenses for the two units at the nuclear plant are set to expire in 2027 and 2028.

In October 2010, the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Co., asked the NRC to renew the licenses. That kicked off a multi-year review process slated to end with a final decision in mid 2013.

During the Aug. 1 open house, NRC officials will discuss the results of an inspection conducted as part of the license renewal application.

The two units at the plant are pressurized-water nuclear reactors.

San Antonio’s city-owned utility, CPS Energy, owns the South Texas Project along with Austin Energy and NRG Energy Inc.

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