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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Bush Signs Yucca Mountain Bill

LCG, July 23, 2002-Today President Bush made the Yucca Mountain into a national nuclear waste dumpsite, signing the bill regardless of considerable protest from Nevadans.

Yucca Mountain has been considered a possible repository for the nation's high level radioactive waste for over twenty years.

Some Nevada residents and environmentalists contend it has been the only site seriously considered and researched in that time.

In any case and despite a visit to the nation's capital by Nevada's governor, plans are to open the site by 2010. Nevada filed a formal protest earlier this year after President Bush announced his support for it, but both the U.S. Congress and Senate voted to utilize the site.

Yucca Mountain will accept some pre-existing 77,000 tons of radioactive waste, which is currently stored in 39 states across the country.

Opponents have cited safety concerns regarding the transportation of high level radioactive waste, although Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham has insisted that strict safety measures will ensure acts of terrorism or accidents will be avoided.

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