WASHINGTON—The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced today that Exelon Corporation’s early site permit application for the Clinton nuclear power station in central Illinois was approved by the NRC’s five-member commission. The following is a statement from the Nuclear Energy Institute’s president and chief executive officer, Frank L. (Skip) Bowman:
“History will record this day as one of the early milestones in the era of new nuclear power plant construction in the United States. Approval of the Clinton early site permit application by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission – the first such siting permit in the agency’s history – is a momentous occurrence.
“NEI commends Exelon for its leadership in testing one of the nuclear plant licensing reforms that was authorized by Congress in 1992, and we congratulate the company and its employees for reaching this milestone. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission also is to be commended for completing its detailed examination in an efficient manner.
“Site pre-approval provided through the early site permit process holds the potential to shorten the time required to bring a new nuclear power plant to market.
“As our nation seeks to increase its reliance on nuclear energy to strengthen U.S. energy diversity and security with a reliable electricity source that keeps the air clean, today’s action marks a promising day for a brighter energy future for the American people.”
The Nuclear Energy Institute is the nuclear energy industry’s policy organization. This news release and additional information about nuclear energy are available on NEI’s Internet site at http://www.nei.org.