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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 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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EU Wants Czech Temelin Nuke Closed

LCG, Sept. 6, 2001--The European Parliament yesterday called for an international conference to consider permanent closure of the Czech Republic's Temelin nuclear power plant and to figure out how much money it would take to buy the Czechs off.

The Parliament endorsed Austrian and German views that the Temelin plant, a Soviet design similar to that of Chernobyl, was unsafe. Temelin is located just 25 miles from the Austrian border, which has been periodically closed by demonstrators protesting the plant.

The European Commission would call the conference and would decide on any compensation, a move that has precedent in the EU contribution of 200 million euros ($182 million U.S.) to Latvia for closure of a Soviet-designed plant in that country.

Temelin, which has been under construction since 1987, was started for the first time last year, but has had numerous shutdowns because of problems with its turbine generator.

During the late 1990s, Temelin's reactor controls and safety systems were upgraded to meet Western standards, chiefly by U.S. Westinghouse Electric Co.

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