Ahead Of Hearing On Concrete Cracks, Feds Approve 20-Year License For Seabrook Nuclear Plant

Mar 13, 2019

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Federal regulators have approved a new license for Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. It caps months of controversy over whether they'd delay the decision, ahead of a hearing this summer on cracks in the facility's concrete. 

That hearing will be between a local activist group and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's law board.

Despite concerns from state officials, regulators have said the hearing is separate from their main licensing process.

The new license includes a management plan for the concrete cracks. Seabrook is the only nuclear plant in the country known to have them.

The new 20-year license doesn't take effect until 2030.