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NRC Issues Early Site Permit to Tennessee Valley Authority for SMRs at Clinch River Site

LCG, December 27, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on December 17 that the Commission has authorized the issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP) for Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ESP closes several site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site. The ESP is the first issued by the NRC for SMRs and will be valid for up to 20 years from date of issuance.

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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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CMS Completes 348 Megawatt Jorf Lasfar Unit

LCG, Aug. 2, 2000--CMS Energy Corp. said yesterday its CMS Generation Co. independent power unit had begun commercial operation at Unit 3 of the largest independent power plant in Africa, the $1.5 billion coal-fueled Jorf Lasfar facility in Morocco.

The 348 megawatt Unit 3 joins Units 1 and 2, which total 660 megawatts, in supplying power to Office Nationale de lElectricit, the Moroccan national utility, under a 30-year contract. Completion of a fourth generating unit of 348 megawatts, which will bring total capacity of Jorf Lasfar to 1356 megawatts, is scheduled in the fourth quarter of this year.

The plant is located on the Atlantic coast of West Africa, about 85 miles southwest of Casablanca, and when complete will supply more than half of Moroccos electric supply.

"Since September 1997, when CMS Generation assumed operating responsibility for Jorf Lasfar,the plant has achieved consistently high levels of plant availability and output," said Rodney E.Boulanger, CMS Generation's president and chief executive. "Completion of Unit 3 was accomplished within the schedule originally announced, and construction of Unit 4 continues on schedule."

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