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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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Nine Mile Point 2 Down for Planned Maintenance

LCG, Sept. 11, 2000The 1,148 megawatt Nine Mile Point Unit 2 nuclear power plant operated by Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. was in "hot standby" this morning, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's daily plant status report.

The report said the plant had been shut down for maintenance, which was confirmed by company officials who said reactor components will receive a chemical treatment designed to reduce the effects of corrosion. Maintenance work will also be done on other plant equipment, including several valve system repairs.

"Hot standby" permits work to be done on most plant components while operating temperatures and pressures are maintained even though no nuclear reaction is taking place. That allows the plant to be restarted quickly once the work is completed.

The company said Nine Mile Point Unit 2 would probably be returned to service this coming weekend.

Niagara Mohawk operated the plant and owns a 41 percent share of the facility. Other owners are New York State Electric & Gas Corp. with 18 percent, the Long Island Power Authority which also owns 18 percent, Rochester Gas & Electric Corp. with 14 percent, and Central Hudson Gas &Electric Corp. at 9 percent.

The plant is located on Lake Ontario in Scriba, N.Y., about 7 miles east of Oswego.

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