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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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UK May Exempt Efficient Power Plants from Taxes

LCG, Nov. 19, 2001--The British Treasury is investigating whether it can overcome European Union rules on state aid so it can grant full exemption from its controversial climate change levy to energy efficient heat and power producers, the Financial Times reported yesterday.

The tax that would be removed would be that on electricity produced in cogeneration plants and sold in the open market through National Grid. That output is now taxed under the climate change levy but the government wants to double the output of cogenerators by 2010 as part of its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Treasury has told cogeneration developers that full exemption from the tax would be likely to be classed as state aid needing EU approval. It said it is checking whether measures taken by other EU members to promote green energy developments might have created a precedent to allow further help for CHP developers.

Two British government agencies, the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs and the Department of Trade and Industry have been pressing Treasury to exclude all combined heat and power-generated electricity from the tax, the Financial Times said.

David Green director of the Combined Heat and Power Association said: "This is a critical decision. Full exemption will help build new confidence in the industry and prevent further job losses." A number of heat and power projects have recently been cancelled because of high gas prices, problems over new electricity trading arrangements and the climate change levy itself, the paper said.

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