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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AES Proposes 510 Megawatt Long Island Plant

LCG, Nov. 30, 2002--AES Corp. said yesterday that it is in negotiations with the Long Island Power Authority to build a 510 megawatt power plant to help ease possible electricity shortages facing more than a million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York.

"We've had some discussions with LIPA to build a power plant on Long Island. Those discussions are now becoming more serious," said Dan Rothaupt, an AES official.

The proposed plant would be built at either of two Suffolk County sites -- one in Smithtown or the other in Yaphank. "Sometimes there's a problem building a plant at one site. We're proposing two sites so we have a backup," said Rothaupt, who stressed "We're only looking to build one plant."

Last month, LIPA Chairman Richard Kessel said "Long Island cannot afford to go through another summer without adding a significant amount of new on-island generating capability."

In the past two years, more than 9,000 megawatts of new generation has been proposed for long island, but so far, only 44 megawatts of new capacity has been put into service.

In a filing with the New York Independent System Operator, AES proposed an in-service date of 2005 for the new plant.

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