Special to the Reporter

An Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) panel will hear oral arguments on a request for a hearing in the Comanche Peak Combined License (COL) proceeding on June 10 and 11 in Granbury, Texas. The ASLB is the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) quasi-judicial arm dealing with licensing matters.

Oral arguments will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, in the Jury Selection Room of the Hood County Justice Center, 1200 W. Pearl St. in Granbury. If necessary, the session will continue the next morning. The session is open for public observation, but participation will be limited to the petitioners, Luminant Generation and NRC staff involved in the proceeding. Early arrival is suggested to allow for security screening for all members of the public interested in attending. NRC policy prohibits signs, banners, posters or displays in the hearing room.

Luminant Generation submitted a COL application Sept. 19, 2008, to construct and operate two new nuclear reactors at the Comanche Peak site. A request to intervene in the proceeding was submitted by several individuals and public interest groups. The ASLB panel will hear oral arguments on the admissibility of the issues raised in this filing and will determine, at a later date, whether a hearing should be granted.

Documents related to the Comanche Peak COL application are available on the NRC Web site at: http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/col/comanche-peak.html. Documents pertaining to the ASLB proceeding are available in the agency’s electronic document library at: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams/web-based.html.

More information about the ASLB can be found at: http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/organization/aslbpfuncdesc.html.