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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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New York Okays Nine Mile Point Nuke Sale

LCG, Oct. 25, 2001--The New York State Public Service Commission yesterday approved the sale of the two Nine Mile Point nuclear units to the Constellation Nuclear subsidiary of Constellation Energy Group for $780 million.

Constellation will pay $221 million for the 609 megawatt Unit 1 owned by Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. and $559 million for an 82 percent interest in the 1,150 megawatt Unit 2 owned by Niagara Mohawk and three other upstate New York utilities.

The operating license of Unit 1 dates from August 1969, meaning it will expire in just eight years. The much newer Unit 2 can operate until 2028 under its current license.

Nine Mile Point is located seven miles northeast of the city of Oswego, N.Y., on Lake Erie. The site also includes the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear plant recently acquired by Entergy Corp. from the New York Power Authority.

Constellation will pay 50 percent down at closing, with the $390 balance paid to the owners over five years, together with interest.

Constellation Energy Group, which was formed by the restructuring of Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., also owns the two-unit Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland, a fact not lost on New York regulators.

"Constellation is an experienced nuclear operator and another important addition to New York's competitive wholesale generation market," said Maureen O. Helmer, chairwoman of the New York commission.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the transfer of operating licenses last June.

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