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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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New York Poised to Close Last Coal-fire Power Plant

LCG, December 4, 2019--The last operating coal-fired power plant in New York is moving toward closure shortly. Last month, Somerset Operating Company, a subsidiary of Riesling Power LLC, submitted a request to the New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) to waive the state's required, 180-day notice to close the Somerset Station, allowing the facility to be retired on February 15, 2020. Closure is contingent on approvals by both NYSPSC and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which will evaluate if it will cause an adverse effect on grid reliability.

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More Sarbanes-Oxley Rules Up for Discussion

LCG, January 2, 2003-The SEC intends to discuss additional rules under the already-passed Sarbanes-Oxley legislation, aimed at limiting the liability of companies not in compliance.

The Sarbanes-Oxley law, which was enacted on July 30, 2002, requires companies to have an independent audit committee and procedures for dealing with complaints over accounting.

The Securities and Exchange Commission will consider additional rules within Sarbanes-Oxley at a January 8 meeting. The Commission will discuss setting up guidelines regarding the listing of companies who fail to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley law. The SEC may decide to prohibit the public listing of such companies.

The SEC is required to have such rules regarding public companies within 270 days of the law's adoption.

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