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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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CP&L to Seek Renewal for Reactor Licenses

LCG, Sept. 13, 2000Carolina Power & Light Co. said yesterday it has let the Nuclear Regulatory Commission know it will ask for extensions for the operating licenses of three nuclear reactors at two power plants.

The company said that providing informal notice to the NRC of the company's intended submittal schedule in advance is intended to assist the NRC in ensuring adequate resources to review the comprehensive relicensing request when it is filed.

In its first formal application, which it will make in the fall of 2002, CP&L will ask for a 20-year extension for the single 690 megawatt unit at its H. B. Robinson nuclear power plant in Hartsville, S.C. In 2004, the utility will formal ask the NRC to extend the license of both units at its 1,640 megawatt Brunswick plant near Cape Fear, N.C.

The current license for Robinson expires in 2010 and those for the two units at Brunswick expire in 2014 and 2016.

CP&L said it has not yet set a date for a relicensing submittal on behalf of the Harris Nuclear Plant near New Hill, N.C. The 40-year license for the Harris Plant, the company's newest, does not expire until 2026.

The utility said the formal submittals submittal will include, among other documents, a supplement to a plant's environmental report and an evaluation of plant systems, structures and components to demonstrate that they will continue to perform as designed for the extended life of the plant, as well as equipment specification changes.

When the NRC first began licensing nuclear power plants, the term of the license was set at 40 years because that had been, for accounting purposes, the amortization period used by utilities for capital investments. The agency did not base the license period on technical considerations, and nuclear plants, because of rigorous maintenance requirements, are outlasting their conventional counterparts.

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