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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NRC Cites Con Edison for Indian Point 2 Violations

LCG, Aug. 10, 2000--In a move that could indicate that Consolidated Edison Co. of New York is a long way from resolving its restart problems at the Indian Point 2 nuclear power plant, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission yesterday cited the utility for three violations related to the emergency preparedness program at the idle facility.

Immediately after Indian Point 2 was shut down February 15 with a leaky steam generator tube, the NRC sent in an "Augmented Inspection Team" to check the plant out. The team identified some emergency preparedness shortcomings at the plant so its inspection was followed up in May and June with a closer look.

The agency said a July 14 inspection report listed three potential "white" findings and offered the company an opportunity to attend a regulatory conference with the NRC staff or to respond to the report in writing. The Company declined to attend a conference, indicating it did not contest the characterization of the risk significance of these findings.

The NRC said its staff now has completed its assessment and has determined that the three findings were appropriately characterized as "white." These "white" findings, explained the agency, "involve failures to meet NRC emergency planning standards for: the timely augmentation by the emergency response organization, the timely accountability of onsite radiation emergency response workers and the factual and consistent dissemination of information to the media and a local official."

White isnt as good as green, but not as bad as yellow or red.

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