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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Peabody Coal Plans 1,500 Megawatts in Illinois

LCG, Oct. 23, 2001--Peabody Energy said yesterday it had asked Illinois regulators for permission to build a 1,500 megawatt coal-fired power plant in the southwestern part of the state, about 30 miles east of St. Louis, Mo.

Designed with advanced environmental controls to enable the use of the region's high sulfur coals, the Prairie State Energy Campus would be built on top of a 6 million ton-per-year underground coal mine owned by Peabody, and is expected to be among the cleanest coal-fueled plants in the Midwest, the company said.

Peabody is the world's largest coal company and its products fuel more than 9 percent of U.S. electricity generation. With the Prairie State Energy Campus and another 1,500 megawatt plant in Kentucky, called the Thoroughbred Energy Campus, the company is putting its coal to its own use.

Peabody said both facilities will offer programs to local colleges and universities to provide academic research opportunities involving energy and environmental technologies, carbon management or biofuel production.

Peabody chief executive Irl F. Engelhardt said "We believe that the elements of America's energy crisis remain in place, although they are temporarily masked by soft economic conditions. America will address its energy strategies in due course, and we believe that clean, low-cost electricity from coal will remain the cornerstone of America's long-term energy supplies."

Engelhardt said the Prairie State Energy Campus could begin commercial operation in 2006 or 2007. Facility development will begin late next year or early in 2003 and provide about 1,500 jobs during construction. Once complete, the plant will have a full-time workforce of between 400 and 500 and inject $40 to $60 million in annual economic benefits to the regional economy.

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