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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Iowa Utility Cuts Service as Power Supply Falters

May 15, 2001Alliant Energy Corp. declared a power conservation alert yesterday for its customers in Iowa and began curtailing service as the result of insufficient power supply and transmission constraints. The company was unsure of the root cause of the problem.

"What we're looking into is whether there is a problem with a power plant somewhere," said John Ruff, an Alliant spokesman. The company began shutting off power to customers, including schools, yesterday morning.

Alliant is the company formed by a merger between Wisconsin Power & Light Co. and two Iowa utilities. The company was among supporters of legislation that would have streamlined the process of building new power plants in Iowa, but the measure died in the Iowa legislature when lawmakers adjourned for the year earlier this month.

Ruff said Alliant had been notified of a transmission problem by the Mid-American Interconnected Network, or MAIN, which oversees reliability of electricity transmission in a region including all of Illinois and parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Missouri.

MAIN said a number of Iowa power plants were shut down yesterday, which caused an increase in power imports from Illinios. That has caused some very heavy loading on transmission lines into Iowa in the Quad Cities area," said MAIN spokeswoman Jackie Olson.

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