The NRC announced yesterday that the renewal of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant’s operating license will be extended for an additional 20 years, allowing the plant to operate until 2037.
The NRC’s decision to renew Davis-Besse’s license comes following extensive safety and environmental reviews, public meetings and comments. The plant’s original license was set to expire on April 22, 2017, and FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. submitted a license renewal application to the NRC in 2010.
Davis-Besse is a single-unit reactor and is Ohio’s first nuclear power plant which started producing electricity in 1977. The plant is located 35 miles east of Toledo and is one of Ottawa County’s largest employers with more than 700 full time employees and an annual payroll of nearly $65 million
Davis-Besse is the 81st nuclear reactor in the United States to receive a license extension from the NRC. Applications for an additional 13 renewals are currently under review.