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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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Last Pipeline Victim Dies

LCG, Sept. 6, 2000Twenty-five-year-old Amanda Smith, who lost her husband, children and in-laws in a New Mexico natural gas pipeline explosion on August 19, became the 12th fatality of the fiery blast when she succumbed to burns yesterday in a Lubbock, Texas hospital.

Twelve members of two families on a fishing trip had camped along the Pecos River, not far from Carlsbad Caverns, when a pre-dawn eruption of a pipeline owned by El Paso Natural Gas Co. engulfed them in flame. Ten persons were killed outright and Smith and her father-in-law were taken in critical condition to University Medical Center in Lubbock. The father-in-law died two days after the explosion.

El Paso Natural Gas said last month the pipeline had been inspected a year ago and could not explain the cause of the rupture in the 50-year-old conduit. "Pipeline doesn't have a life span as long as it's well maintained," maintained company spokesman Mel Scott.

The federal Office of Pipeline Safety warned El Paso Natural Gas in a letter dated March 27, 1997, that company technicians had not been properly instructed in the operation of an anti-corrosion system that protects buried pipelines from corrosion caused by natural electrolysis.

National Transportation Board investigators say they found corrosion inside the killer pipeline that had eaten half-way through the pipeline wall in places, but added that their investigation could take up to a year to pinpoint the cause of the tragedy.

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