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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Chubu Electric Shuts Reactor after Leak

LCG, Nov. 13, 2001--Chubu Electric Power Co. said this morning it will suspend operation of a reactor at a nuclear plant in the town of Hamaoka, Japan, because of a radioactive water leak in another reactor, Kyodo News Service reported.

According to company officials, the 840 megawatt Unit 2 reactor at the nuclear complex will be shut down this evening and remain off-line for at least 24 hours. This unit uses the same materials as the 540 megawatt Unit 1, in which a radiation water leakage was discovered near a nuclear pressure vessel Friday.

After the leak was publicly announced over the weekend, Shizuoka Prefecture Gov. Yoshinobu Ishikawa requested that Chubu inspect its other nuclear reactors in addition to Unit 1. Citizens' groups also called for the company to suspend operation of the Unit 2 reactor after the accident.

Hamaoka Nuclear Power Station has four boiling water reactors with a combined capacity of about 3,617 megawatts.

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