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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'Credible' Threat Puts Three Mile Island on High Alert

LCG, Oct. 18, 2001--A "credible" threat against the Three Mile Island nuclear power facility yesterday prompted federal officials to place the plant on an extra-high state of alert last night. The alert included shutting down the airspace in the area.

The airports at Harrisburg and Lancaster, Pa., were both closed for four hours from about 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. this morning while military aircraft reportedly patrolled area skies and FBI and state police guarded the plant.

Harrisburg International Airport and Lancaster Airport were both reopened this morning.

Three Mile Island, along with all other U.S. nuclear power plants, had been in a "heightened" state of security since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.

Last night's alert tightened security further at Three Mile Island, according to officials who said they had no way of knowing when the extra measures would be lifted.

Ralph DeSantis, a spokesman for Three Mile Island, declined to discuss the type of threat received or the additional security measures that were taken, but said "It was deemed to be a credible threat." He added that Three Mile Island was the only nuclear power plant threatened.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Diane Screnci said this morning that the agency had warned Three Mile Island at around 7:00 p.m.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said that the airport shutdown had been part of a "temporary flight restriction" that grounded aircraft within a 20-mile radius of the plant.

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