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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Enron Must Surrender Documents to California Senate

LCG, Sept. 7, 2001--Enron Corp. must turn over confidential financial documents to the California state Senate Select Committee to Investigate Market Manipulation, which is probing charges of price gouging during the state's energy crisis, a state court ruled yesterday.

But the California Superior Court judge who issued the order was less than confident that state lawmakers could protect the confidentiality of the documents. Judge Charles Kobayashi also ruled that the committee that wants the financial records must provide Enron with a confidentiality agreement.

"If the committee could take the requested action in the name of the public interest, then the committee ostensibly could require newspapers to surrender their confidentiality rights, attorneys to surrender their attorney-client privilege, (and) psychiatrists to surrender their privileges," the judge wrote.

Enron said yesterday that the company has already turned over tens of thousands ofdocuments, but wanted assurances that certain sensitive documents containing proprietary tradesecrets, for example, would be protected under a confidentiality agreement.

"We are pleased with the judge's order in that he agreed that our constitutional right would beprotected," Enron spokeswoman Karen Denne said. "The issue has always been protecting the confidential documents."

She said the company would now get together with the committee to get some specific on just which documents it wants.

The committee had already asked the full Senate to cite Enron with contempt for failure to turn over its documents. Reliant Energy Inc. is also facing a contempt citation.

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