Environmental Impact Statement - Scoping: Public Meeting on the License Renewal for Point Beach Nuclear Plant Feb 17

Event Dates: 
02/17/21

Wed Feb 17, 2 to 4 pm Public Meeting on the License Renewal for Point Beach Nuclear Plant – virtually.  Make your voice heard. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will be gathering information needed to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to evaluate the environmental impacts for the license renewal for Point Beach Nuclear Plant. Click here for more information on the meeting and the meeting link. https://www.nrc.gov/pmns/mtg?do=details&Code=20210090

PSR Wisconsin will be releasing a document with talking points and the related health consequences very soon. Our website is also updated regularly with new information and action alerts. info@psrwisconsin.org

If you live within 50 miles of Point Beach (see map here), we need your urgent help. Contact us at info@psrwisconsin.org or call/text 608-232-9945.

BACKGROUND ON POINT BEACH NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

The two Point Beach nuclear reactors began operating in 1970 and 1972. The current licenses are due to expire in 2030 and 2033. NextEra Energy has submitted an application to the NRC to extend the licenses by an additional 20 years, bringing the expected life of the nuclear reactors to 80 years.

The reactors and waste storage facility are located on the shoreline of Lake Michigan in Manitowoc County, near Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Due to this location, the drinking water of millions is at risk as well as the precious agricultural land in the surrounding area.

The Point Beach reactor #2 is one of the most embrittled reactors in the U.S. due to its age and materials, making it vulnerable to cracking and the release of radiation in the event of an accident. The NRC estimated that the Point Beach 2 reactor was to reach its “embrittlement screening limit” by 2017. (Zipp, 2014)

Next Era has completed an environmental report as required by the application for license extension. You can read their report here. The NRC will be conducting a formal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in the coming months.