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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NRC Tables CP&L Spent Nuclear Fuel Plan

Feb. 19, 2001The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday told Carolina Power & Light Co. that it needed more information before it could allow the company to store spent nuclear fuel in two unused pools at its Sharon Harris nuclear power plant in Raleigh, N.C.

The 900 megawatt Harris plant was originally designed for four reactors, but only one was completed. However, the plant's fuel handling building has four spent fuel pools, as originally planned. The plant's operating license issued in 1987 authorized CP&L to use two of those pools for storage of spent fuel from the Harris plant and from three other reactors owned by the company.

The Harris plant, like nuclear power plants throughout the United States, is choking on its spent fuel due to the failure of the federal government to make good on its obligation to provide permanent storage beginning in January 1998.

In December, the NRC staff had approved the company's request to put the two unused spent fuel pools to use. But the Board of Commissioners of Orange County, N.C., has asked the NRC for an immediate stay of that approval and has made legal filings to back up its request..

While the NRC rejected the Orange County petition, it says it will now reconsider whether to hold oral hearing on CP&L's proposal. The NRC staff has 14 days to provide additional information on the matter.

In the meantime, the agency has ordered CP&L to hold off on using the two unused, but available, spent fuel pools.

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