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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Industry News

Wait 'Til Next Year for New EPA Power Plant Rules

LCG, Nov. 12, 2001--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it will likely miss its self-imposed year-end deadline for issuing stricter power plant air pollution standards.

New proposals from the Bush administration are also being awaited by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee headed by Sen. James M. Jeffords, the Independent from Vermont. The committee has said it will move ahead with legislation calling for cuts of at least 75 percent in power plant emissions.

A recent EPA study supported claims by U.S. utilities that the proposed limits on carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury would increase the cost of power by more than a third and have a calamitous effect on the U.S. economy.

Last week, Bill Harnett, a division director of EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, told a meeting of the National Coal Council that the EPA would likely issue its new standards early next year.

Jeffords wants the 75 percent emissions cuts in place sometime in the coming year, but the Bush administration said last week it will oppose the legislation. The administration would regard carbon dioxide as a non-pollutant and provide trading mechanisms for the other three.

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