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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Industry News

Northwest Natural Gas Still Wants Enron's Portland General

LCG, Nov. 29, 2001--Northwest Natural Gas. Co. said this morning that it had filed an application yesterday with Oregon regulators seeking approval of its plans to acquire utility Portland General Electric Co. from disintegrating Enron Corp. for about $2.9 billion.

There were fears yesterday that the acquisition could be a victim of Enron's growing troubles, especially after Standard & Poor's slashed its credit ratings to junk status and Dynegy Inc. walked away from a deal to buy out its larger rival.

But Northwest natural Gas is staying the course. The company's general counsel, Mark Dodson, said yesterday "We remain confident the necessary approvals can be obtained in an expeditious manner."

The application to the Oregon Public Utility Commission was the first in a chain of several such filings. The deal also requires approval by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Northwest Natural Gas agreed on October 8 to acquire PGE, Oregon's largest utility, for $1.8 billion plus about $1.1 billion in assumed debt and preferred stock.

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