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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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NRC Approves License Transfers in Unicom-Peco Merger

LCG, Aug. 7, 2000--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday it has approved the transfer of operating licenses for 20 commercial nuclear reactors from Commonwealth Edison Co. and Peco Energy Co. to Exelon Generation Co.

Exelon Generation will be a subsidiary of the new holding company formed by the pending merger between ComEd and Peco.

Affected by the approval are 13 ComEd reactors, including two at the permanently-shuttered Zion plant and the Dresden Unit 1 reactor, which is also permanently shut down. Five Peco reactors are affected, including Peach Bottom Unit 1, which is permanently shut down.

Salem Units 1 and 2 were also affected by the approval because Peco has an ownership interest in them, though they are operated by Public Service Electric & Gas Co.

The NRC said notices of the requests for approval and for an opportunity for a hearing were published in the Federal Register on March 9. The Commission received no comments or hearing requests. The technical staff's approval becomes effective immediately.

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