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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Industry News

Dynegy to Buy Enron; No Job for Lay

LCG, Nov. 12, 2001--Enron Corp. agreed on Friday to be bought out by the much smaller Dynegy Inc. for about $9 billion in stock, and that fire sale price of around $10.41 a share reflects a fat premium over Enron's Friday closing price of $8.63 on the New York Stock Exchange.

ChevronTexaco Corp., which owns a 27 percent interest in Dynegy, will provide $2.5 billion in new equity in Dynegy to back the deal, the companies said.

Enron chief executive Kenneth Lay said the move was agreed to reluctantly. He had hoped his company, which he helped build from a mid-level natural gas pipeline into a corporate powerhouse, could find its own way out of its problems, but said the daily doses of negative news proved too much.

"It has been a fairly consistent barrage of really negative articles and it's been very tough to beat those back," said Lay, who will not have a role in management of the combined companies.

Enron's reported revenues of $100 billion for the year 2000 dwarf Dynegy's reported $29 billion, but the smaller company may be using money with more substance, and Enron's figures could more accurately reflect trading volume and not sales of something it owned.

Enron earned only $1 billion in 2000 -- a paltry one cent on the dollar of what it reported as revenues. Dynegy earned a half-billion, a return of 1.7 percent.

Chuck Watson, chairman and chief executive of Dynegy, said Enron was subjected to the most searching scrutiny before the offer was made. "We looked under the hood and guess what? It's just as strong as we thought it was," he said.

Enron was riding high earlier in the year, with its stock trading in the low $80s, but revelations about mysterious partnerships and "off-balance-sheet" transactions sent it into a power dive from which it never recovered.

"Off-balance-sheet financing is a nice, gentlemanly label given to misrepresentation," said Shyam Sunder, a Yale University accounting professor.

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