Westinghouse fuel plant's license is renewed.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed the operating license for the Westinghouse Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility in Hopkins. The renewed license authorizes the facility to continue operations through Sept. 12, 2062.

The Columbia facility produces nuclear fuel for use in commercial nuclear power reactors. The license was first issued by the Atomic Energy Commission in 1969 and was last renewed by the NRC in 2007.

The renewal follows completion of safety and environmental reviews by NRC staff. Their final environmental impact statement, published July 29, described "small" impacts on most resources and "small to moderate" impacts on groundwater and waste generation during decommissioning.

The final safety evaluation report was published Sept. 12 and will be available through...

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