NRC renews Entergy’s licenses to operate nuclear plants in Louisiana

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Updated: Jan. 7, 2019 at 4:24 PM CST
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(WAFB) - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has renewed Entergy’s operating licenses for two nuclear plants in Louisiana: River Bend Nuclear Station in St. Francisville and Waterford 3 Stream Electric Station in Kilona.

The renewals allow Entergy to continue operations at the two plants through 2045, 20 years past the original licensing dates. The facilities account for the largest sources of carbon-free power in the state. Combined, the two provide more than 16 percent of the state’s electricity, says Entergy.

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“The re-licensing of River Bend and Waterford 3 paves the way for these clean energy sources to provide affordable, reliable, and emissions-free electricity to our customers for years to come. Congratulations to the teams and their families for achieving these major milestones,” said Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana.

The plants went through intensive reviews and assessments on safety and reliability to have their licenses renewed.

“I am proud of this outstanding accomplishment for the team members at River Bend and Waterford 3, as well as our entire nuclear fleet. Special thanks go to Entergy Nuclear’s License Renewal Project team for their dedicated efforts. These regulatory outcomes allow Entergy to safely provide Louisiana’s communities with carbon-free power for another 20 years and ensure our team members stay highly engaged in those communities,” said Chief Nuclear Officer Chris Bakken.

Together, the two plants employ more than 1,500 people and pay more than $36 million every year in state and local taxes. Employees at these plants also contribute to their communities through volunteer work. In 2018, the two plants contributed more than $225,000 in charitable donations, Entergy says.

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