Here’s how PSEG describes it:
PSEG Power and PSEG Nuclear today filed an Early Site Permit (ESP) application with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as part of PSEG’s ongoing efforts exploring the possibility of building an additional nuclear plant.
“This is an important first step in the regulatory process to determine if a new plant is viable,” explained PSEG Power President Bill Levis. “Though it is not a commitment to build, it would determine that the location we have identified for a potential new plant is suitable from a safety, environmental and emergency planning standpoint.”
This “fourth reactor” would be adjacent to the three existing ones. Such applications are not lightly done:
A dedicated nuclear development team has spent the past two and a half years developing the ESP application that is approximately 4000 pages.
The News Journal has the reaction from the Sierra Club:
“Nuclear is a bad investment for New Jersey’s ratepayers,” Jeff Tittel, New Jersey Sierra Club director, said in a written statement. “Nuclear technology is too expensive, unsafe, and will undermine investment in clean energy sources and the creation of green jobs. It is not green if it glows! “
I understood from the public hearing that it may take up to two years for the site to be approved and I suspect site rejection is quite unlikely.