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The Public Utilities Commission (Commission) is considering two projects proposed by Xcel Energy for the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant (PINGP).

 

The first project is a proposed extended power uprate (EPU) of 164 megawatts (MW); the 164 MW total capacity uprate at the PINGP would be achieved by increasing the heat produced in the reactor and the steam produced in the steam generators.

 

The second project is a request for additional dry cask storage at the PINGP?s independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI).  The PINGP currently has state authorization for enough dry casks to store the spent fuel generated until the end of the current operating licenses in 2013 and 2014 (29 casks).  There are currently 24 dry casks at the PINGP ISFSI.  In order for the reactors to continue operation through a license renewal period to 2033 and 2034, up to an additional 35 dry casks would need to be added to the existing ISFSI.

 

This Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was produced to satisfy the environmental review requirements for both projects.

 

The Draft EIS was released on March 17, 2009.  A public meeting was held on April 21, 2009, at the Red Wing Public Library.  The public was encouraged to provide oral comments at the public meeting and to submit written comments to the Office of Energy Security (OES) by May 8, 2009.  A court reporter was present at the public meeting to ensure that all oral comments were recorded accurately.

 

This Final EIS incorporates the OES, Energy Facility Permitting?s responses to the substantive comments (consistent with the scoping decision) received on the Draft EIS.

 

Final EIS Comments Due by Friday, August 21, 2009.

 

Comments on the adequacy of the Final EIS will be accepted until Friday, August, 21, 2009.  Comments should be sent by e-mail or U.S. mail to:

 

Bill Storm, Project Manager

Minnesota Dept. of Commerce

85 7th Place East, Suite 500

St. Paul, MN 55101-2198

Email: bill.storm@state.mn.us

 

Following the comment period, the Commission will determine the adequacy of Chapter 1 (extended power uprate) and the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce will determine the adequacy of Chapter 2 (additional dry cask storage).

 

The EIS contains three separate chapters:

 

  • Chapter 1 covers the extended power uprate (CON and site permit)
  • Chapter 2 covers the additional dry cask storage (CON)
  • Chapter 3 contains comments and responses for both projects and all three dockets. Changes made to Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 as a result of comments received are printed in bold in the final EIS.

Each chapter will be evaluated for adequacy by its respective reviewing body ? Chapter 1 by the Commission and Chapter 2 by the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce.

FEIS CHAPTER 1 (TEXT) (1.6 MB)

FEIS CHAPTER 1 (TABLES) (242 MB)

FEIS CHAPTER 1 (FIGURES) (4.4 MB)

FEIS CHAPTER 1 (APPENDIX A) (763 KB)

FEIS CHAPTER 1 (APPENDIX B) (1.3 MB)

FEIS CHAPTER 1 (APPENDIX C) (511 KB)

 

FEIS CHAPTER 2 (TEXT) (850 KB)

FEIS CHAPTER 2 (TABLES) (215 KB)

FEIS CHAPTER 2 (FIGURES) (1.2 MB)

 

FEIS CHAPTER 3 (9.0 MB)