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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Industry News

Transformer Fire Shuts Down Brunswick Unit 2

LCG, Sept. 22, 2000A fire in the main transformer of Unit 2 of the Brunswick nuclear power plant caused operators of the 820 megawatt reactor belonging to Carolina Power & Light Co. to shut down the facility at 3:46 this morning.

The plant's fire brigade extinguished the fire within 16 minutes, CP&L said, adding that the fire department from nearby Southport was called as a backup but was not needed.

The damaged transformer will require replacement, and the reactor will be taken to cold shutdown as a consequence. CP&L did not say how long it would take to replace the equipment. The company said it reported the incident to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as an "Unusual Event," the lowest of four classifications used by the NRC for events at commercial nuclear power plants.

Brunswick Unit 1 continued to operate at 100 percent of capacity at the two-unit plant located at Cape Fear on the North Carolina coast.

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