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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Puget Energy Seeks 14.5 Percent Rate Hike

LCG, Nov. 28, 2001--Puget Sound Energy Co., the utility subsidiary of Puget Energy Corp., has asked Washington state regulators for a rate increase for both natural gas and electricity and for permission to offer variable rates that would permit the company to pass along to customers any changes in the wholesale cost of energy.

The utility, which serves nearly a million customers around -- but not in -- Seattle, is seeking a 14.5 percent electricity rate increase that would boost the average householder's monthly bill by about $9. Residential gas bills would increase by another $2 per month.

The Washington state consumer advocate greeted the request with dismay. "We think it's a shocking blow for ratepayers and small businesses that are already facing recession and high employment," said Simon ffitch (that is correct), power counsel in the state Attorney General's Office.

The proposed gas and electricity rate hikes are part of a general rate case which will be reviewed by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission in a process that could take up to a year.

That is not fast enough to stop the bleeding, the company said, announcing it would file an interim rate increase request with the commission, seeking to recover losses of $625,000 per day from September of this year through September 2002.

Even with the increases, which would be the first in more than five years, Puget Sound Energy customers will be better off than their neighbors, the company said. Customers of Seattle's municipal utility will be paying almost 50 percent more for electricity than they did a year ago, and those of Tacoma's electric department will be paying more than a third more.

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