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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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Entergy Plans 360 Megawatt Peaker at NY Nuke Site

LCG, Nov. 14, 2001--Entergy Corp. said yesterday it would build a 360 megawatt natural gas-fueled peaking power plant on the site of its newly-acquired Indian Point nuclear complex in Buchanan, N.Y.

Entergy said the proposed project requires "Article X" approval by the New York State Public Service Commission, a process that takes about two years. After permits are received, the facility will take up to a year to build, so commercial operation is planned for 2004.

"We're planning public information meetings for later this year and we will be announcing the dates very soon. We're very interested in hearing from the community," said Mike Kansler, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Entergy Nuclear Northeast.

Entergy said the plant will consist of eight 45 megawatt gas turbines and "will use state-of-the-art technology to achieve low emission levels." The peaker will be placed on four to six acres of the 200-acre Indian Point site and will not require removal of trees, use of Hudson River water or impact the safe operation of the Indian Point nuclear power plants, the company said.

Natural gas for the turbines will come from the existing Algonquin interstate gas pipeline, which now runs through the Indian Point Energy Center property.

"The installation of this facility at Indian Point, an existing electrical generating site, will have minimal visual and environmental impact, and will help area residents meet their electricity needs when demand for power reaches its highest levels," Kansler said.

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