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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Killer Pipeline Must be Tested before Use, Feds Say

LCG, Aug. 24, 2000--The El Paso Natural Gas Co. pipeline that exploded in New Mexico last Saturday, killing 11 members of two families, must be thoroughly tested before it is put back into use, an agency of the federal government ordered yesterday.

In its order, the U.S. Office of Pipeline Safety said the conduit must undergo pressure tests, be X-rayed and receive ultrasound structural testing before it can be used. The order also applies to two other pipeline located nearby.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators at the site of the explosion are reported to have found corrosion in a section of the pipe that failed Saturday, but the NTSB says it will be months before it can issue a report on the cause of the explosion.

Twenty-five-year-old Amanda Smith, the sole survivor from the party of 12 that went camping last weekend along the Pecos River, not far from Carlsbad Cavern National Park, remained in critical but stable condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. The explosion and fire claimed the lives of her parents, her two children, her husband and her in-laws.

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