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NRC Issues Subsequent License Renewals for First Time to Nuclear Reactors in Florida

LCG, December 11, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff recently approved Florida Power & Light's (FPL's) application for an additional 20 years of operation for Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Units 3 and 4. This is the first time the NRC has issued renewed licenses authorizing reactor operation from 60 to 80 years. The subsequent (or second) license renewals (SLRs) for Turkey Point Unit 3 and Unit 4 now expire on July 19, 2052 and April 10, 2053, respectively.

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New York Poised to Close Last Coal-fire Power Plant

LCG, December 4, 2019--The last operating coal-fired power plant in New York is moving toward closure shortly. Last month, Somerset Operating Company, a subsidiary of Riesling Power LLC, submitted a request to the New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) to waive the state's required, 180-day notice to close the Somerset Station, allowing the facility to be retired on February 15, 2020. Closure is contingent on approvals by both NYSPSC and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which will evaluate if it will cause an adverse effect on grid reliability.

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Republicans Back Nuclear Environment Benefits

LCG, Aug. 1, 2000--Delegates to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia yesterday voted on the Grand Old Partys national platform, and among the calls for tax cuts and extending Nafta to include our South American neighbors was an endorsement of nuclear generation of electric power.

Hydroelectric generation also got the nod, even from fish lovers who worry about dams. One delegate observed that most conservatives were conservationists. "Its hard to be one without being the other," he noted, "inasmuch as the words mean pretty much the same thing."

The platform language scathes the Clinton administration for its concentration on unproved and unpractical means of emissions-free production of electric power. "The current administration has turned its back on the two sources that produce virtually all the nation's emission-free power: nuclear and hydro, the sources for nearly 30 percent of the country's electricity," the platform states.

"Because of cumbersome federal relicensing of hydro and nuclear operations, we face the prospect of increasing emissions and dirtier air," the Republican statement continued.

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