/Grand Gulf Nuclear plant gets OK to operate through 2044

Grand Gulf Nuclear plant gets OK to operate through 2044

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced that the plant’s operating license was renewed for another 20 years, through November 1, 2044. The Grand Gulf nuclear power plant in Port Gibson, Mississippi was the first to produce electricity. Entergy receives power from the plant, which delivers approximately 1.2 gigawatts to its customers. Entergy spokeswoman Jami Cameron said that the Grand Gulf plant generates 18.5 percent of the state’s electricity. According to Cameron, the renewal process required five years of documentation to the NRC in order for the plant “to run safely, reliably, and securely for another twenty years.” Cameron stated that the current license is valid through November 1, 2024. Carmeron stated that the renewal “just verifies our commitment not only to ongoing operations, but also to safety and security in environmental stewardship, and we get to continue doing it for many years to come.” Brandon Presley, Chairman of Mississippi Public Service Commission, stated Thursday that the extension of the license was important for the environment as well as the economic health and welfare of the state. The plant doesn’t emit greenhouse gases or pollutants from burning fossil fuels. Presley stated in a statement that rates will remain affordable and low for Mississippians for the next twenty years. Grand Gulf construction was completed in 1985. According to Entergy information, the facility was the fifth-largest single-unit nuclear generating plant in the United States and fifth in the world after a 2012 upgrade. After maintenance issues forced the plant to cease operations on September 8, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be conducting a special inspection. Cameron stated that Entergy anticipates the plant will be back online in January following a thorough review and revision of processes, procedures, and protocols. To support this important work, you can make a regular donation to Entergy today as part of the Spring Member Drive. Our reporters give a human face to policy’s impact on everyday Mississippians by listening more closely and understanding their communities. To ensure that our work is aligned with the priorities and needs of all Mississippians, we are listening to you. Click the button below to let us know what you think.