River Bend Nuclear Generating Station

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River Bend Nuclear Generating Station
River Bend Nuclear Generating Station is located in Louisiana
River Bend Nuclear Generating Station
Location of River Bend Nuclear Generating Station
Country United States
Location West Feliciana Parish, near St. Francisville, Louisiana
Coordinates 30°45.4′N 91°20′W / 30.7567°N 91.333°W / 30.7567; -91.333Coordinates: 30°45.4′N 91°20′W / 30.7567°N 91.333°W / 30.7567; -91.333
Status Operational
Commission date June 16, 1986
Owner(s) Entergy Gulf States Inc.
Operator(s) Entergy Nuclear
Nuclear power station
Reactor type boiling water reactor
Reactor supplier General Electric
Power generation
Units operational 1 x 978 MW
Units planned 1 x 1550 MW
Annual generation 7,185 GWh

River Bend Nuclear Generating Station is a nuclear power station on a 3,300-acre (1,300 ha) site near St. Francisville, Louisiana, approximately 30 miles (50 km) north of Baton Rouge. The plant has a General Electric 978 MW[1] boiling water reactor, which began operation on June 16, 1986.

River Bend is operated by Entergy Nuclear and owned by Entergy Gulf States, Inc.

Unlike the Waterford Nuclear Generating Station downriver in Hahnville, River Bend continued operation throughout Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The plant was shut down during Hurricane Gustav in 2008.[2]

Unit 2[edit]

Unit 2 was proposed in 1973, but canceled in 1984.[3]

Unit 3[edit]

On September 25, 2008, Entergy filed a Combined Construction and Operating License (COL) application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a new nuclear reactor at River Bend, of the 1,550 MWe Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) type.[4][5] The reactor's cost is an estimated $6.2 billion.[2] The NRC's review of the 13,000-page application will take at least 36 months.[6]

Surrounding population[edit]

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission defines two emergency planning zones around nuclear power plants: a plume exposure pathway zone with a radius of 10 miles (16 km), concerned primarily with exposure to, and inhalation of, airborne radioactive contamination, and an ingestion pathway zone of about 50 miles (80 km), concerned primarily with ingestion of food and liquid contaminated by radioactivity.[7]

The 2010 U.S. population within 10 miles (16 km) of River Bend was 23,466, an increase of 11.1 percent in a decade, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data for msnbc.com. The 2010 U.S. population within 50 miles (80 km) was 951,103, an increase of 11.2 percent since 2000. Cities within 50 miles include Baton Rouge (25 miles to city center).[8]

Seismic risk[edit]

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's estimate of the risk each year of an earthquake intense enough to cause core damage to the reactor at River Bend was 1 in 40,000, according to an NRC study published in August 2010.[9][10]

Safety record[edit]

In 1994 junk was found accumulated in an emergency water pool, posing a potential clogging danger.

In 2008 there was a confirmed tritium leak.[11]

In July 2010, the owner reported to authorities that 9 operators had broken the safety regulations by surfing on the internet while monitoring reactor safety.[12]

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