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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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Enron May Drop Selling Price to $5 Billion

LCG, Nov. 27, 2001--With the investment community casting growing doubt on the future of Dynegy Inc.'s agreement to purchase much larger Enron Corp. for $8.3 billion, Enron may try to keep the deal alive by cutting its price to about $5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

Under the stock swap agreement reached two weeks ago between Dynegy and Enron, each share of Dynegy would fetch 3.72 shares of Enron. Dynegy closed yesterday on the new York Stock Exchange at $29.25, which would place a value of $7.86 on each Enron share.

However, Enron closed at $4.01, after trading at all time lows during the day.

The Wall Street Journal said renegotiation of the two-week-old deal, and particularly the exchange ratio for the stock swap, is almost unprecedented in corporate transactions.

Clearly something had to give because of an escape clause in the agreement that give Dynegy the option to walk away from the deal if there is a material deterioration in Enron's business or assets. Recent news has painted Enron as a house of cards, burdened by $13 billion in debt and with relatively few hard assets.

Enron also is attempting to head off a liquidity crisis by negotiating to extend the maturity dates of some of its borrowings, the paper said.

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