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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SoCal Ed 'Rescue' May Die Tomorrow

LCG, Sept. 13, 2001--A bill passed by the California Assembly last week to "rescue" Southern California Edison Co., the state's second-largest electric utility, from impending bankruptcy is back in the state Senate, laden with amendments that threaten its passage.

The California legislature will adjourn for the year tomorrow, probably in time to beat the traffic out of Sacramento.

The rescue bill was sitting in the state Senate Rules Committee this morning, according to a spokesman for Sen. Debra Bowen, a Redondo Beach Democrat.

The Rules Committee had not yet decided where to send the measure. It could go to the state Senate energy committee for discussion, which would almost certainly kill it with so little time left in the legislative session, or it could stay right where it is and suffocate.

According to Jeff Goldberg, Bowen's spokesman, his boss has concerns over significant changes to the bill made by the Assembly, including revisions to direct access, which allows customers' a choice of utility providers, that could raise and shift costs among customer classes.

Sen. John Burton, a San Francisco Democrat who is president pro tem of the state Senate, had warned the Assembly not to make many changes to the measure, which had already passed the upper house in July. The Assembly wasn't listening.

For one thing, the Assembly doubled the amount the state would pay for SoCal Ed's transmission assets under a five-year option, from $1.2 billion to $2.4 billion. The utility had been under the impression that Gov. Gray Davis had promised to buy the wires business for $2.76 billion.

No one is betting that the SoCal Ed rescue plan will make it our of the legislature before the legislature makes it out of Sacramento, but Goldberg observed "It's not unheard of to be done."

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