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NRC Issues Early Site Permit to Tennessee Valley Authority for SMRs at Clinch River Site

LCG, December 27, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on December 17 that the Commission has authorized the issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP) for Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ESP closes several site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site. The ESP is the first issued by the NRC for SMRs and will be valid for up to 20 years from date of issuance.

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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 Russian Nuclear Power Plant Goes Critical

LCG, Feb. 23, 2001Operators this morning began the nuclear chain reaction in Russia's first new nuclear power plant to be completed since the Soviet era. Officials called it a "breakthrough" and opponents said it reminded them of Chernobyl.

The Rostov Atomic Energy Station is southern Russia has been more than 20 years in the making. It was almost complete when a unit of the Chernobyl plant exploded in 1986, prompting sufficient opposition even in Soviet Russia to halt construction.

Plant spokesman Yegor Obukhov said it would take several months to bring the new plant up to 100 percent of capacity. Thereafter, it will supply much-needed power to Rostov province and much of the region between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.

The Soviet-designed VVER-1000 reactor at Rostov differs considerably from the infamous Chernobyl reactor, officials point out. The most notable difference is the isolation of radioactive functions in a containment building strong enough to withstand an internal explosion and a magnitude-7 earthquake.

That isn't good enough for the plant's opponents. "This is the last thing the Rostov province needs. We've seen what those monsters can do and should never forget it," said Alexander Filipenko, chairman of the Rostov Chernobyl Union.

What those monsters do is provide 12 percent of Russia's electricity. Vladimir Pogorely, director of the new facility, said the plant would also create thousands of new jobs for the depressed town of Volgodonsk, and added that the reactor would be the safest in Russia.

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