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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Bulgaria May Refuse to Close Nukes, Despite EU Concerns

LCG, January 9, 2003-Bulgaria, which agreed to close two nuclear reactors by 2006, may leave the generators in operation, as they produce fifty percent of the country's electricity.

Last year Bulgaria agreed to shut down reactors 3 and 4 at Kozloduy, as requested by Brussels in a move to pave the way to European Union membership. Reactors 1 and 2 were shut down in December.

Bulgaria's Supreme Administrative Court ruled, however, that the agreement contradicted a parliamentary vote which said the generators should operate until 2007. The case was brought on appeal by opposition Socialist Party members.

While Bulgarian officials note closing the nuclear plant will bring worthwhile benefits, some citizens worry that the power prices will become much too high.

Brussels believes that the Soviet-era plant constitutes a threat to safety.
An appeal by the government is expected, but if the resultant ruling keeps the nuclear reactors in operation, Bulgaria may have to renegotiate its standing with respect to EU membership with Brussels.

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