How Can the St. Lucie Unit 2 Licensing Experience Benefit the Licensing of a Nuclear Spent Fuel Repository

by John A. DeMastry, Florida Power & Light Co, Juno Beach, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) granted a full power operating license for St. Lucie Unit 2 on June 10, 1983, just six years after construction began. The industry average for nuclear power plant construction during that time was approximately ten years. During the course of the St. Lucie Unit 2 project we were consistently on or near our schedule. This was accomplished despite numerous and continuous regulatory changes by the NRC (due to the Three Mile Island accident). Other problem areas included a 1979 hurricane which damaged the reactor auxiliary building, labor problems. The NRC estimated that the best we would be able to do would be to complete the plant a year after our projected finish date. The author outlines the focus and organization of our utility for the construction of St. Lucie Unit 2 and present some ideas concerning how this experience relates to the licensing and construction of a repository high-level waste/spent nuclear fuel.

Subject Headings: Licensure and certification | Fuels | Nuclear power | Power plants | Construction wastes | Federal government | Construction management | Radioactive wastes | Florida | United States

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