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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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California's High Desert Plant Begins Construction

LCG, Feb. 27, 2001Constellation Energy Group said yesterday that construction will begin in early April on the 750 megawatt High Desert power plant near Victorville, Calif. The permitting process for the new facility took nearly five years.

Despite a growing population and faster growing energy use in Southern California, High Desert will be the first new power plant to serve the region in more than a decade.

"We are very pleased to be moving forward with this major new source of power at a time when California is so clearly in need of additional electric generation. When it comes on line, this project will contribute significantly to easing the state's energy crisis," said Eric Grubman, co-president of Constellation.

Engineering, procurement, and construction services for the project will be provided by KiewitIndustrial Co. a power plant construction firm based in Omaha, Neb. Bibb and Associates, a Kiewit subsidiary based in Kansas City, will design the project.

High Desert project manager Tom Barnett noted the long permitting process in California. "The fact that this project has received all necessary permits from federal, state, and local agencies assures that we will be a good neighbor in the community with no significant environmental impacts," he said.

Constellation Energy Group is also parent holding company for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.

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