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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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Finnish Nuke Plants Wine Grapes in Heated Soil

LCG, Oct. 18, 2001--A nuclear power plant in southwestern Finland should soon be producing wine with its electricity, according to a report on the Internet by "virtual newscaster" Ananova.

Water which is heated by the reactor in the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant and used to create steam to spin the plant's turbine-generators, also cools the reactor, helping to maintain operating temperatures within design limits. Much of it is then pumped into an arm of the Baltic Sea.

That waste coolant water, which is non-radioactive, will now be pumped to newly-planted vineyards on the plant property, where it will warm the soil and fool the grapes into believing that they are being grown closer to the Mediterranean.

Around 150 vines have been planted at the nuclear power plant and should eventually produce between 500 and 800 gallons of wine a year. Grapes don't grow naturally in Finland so local wines have been heretofore made from berries. If the experiment works, the first full vintage of "Chateau Olkiluoto" should be ready within the next few years, Ananova said.

Reijo Sundell, manager of the plant's environmental office, said: "We will get a little wine next summer but more after two or three years. We are not yet sure how we will market it but it is quite good for a nuclear power plant to show that we are concerned with green issues."

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