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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States Could Bring Suits Against Power Plants

LCG, Nov. 10, 2003--Attorneys general in three Northeastern states have indicated that they might try to enlist other state officials in bringing lawsuits against coal-fired power plants.

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would consider possible violations of the Clean Air Act under revised standards, meaning that ongoing investigations would have less chance of being brought to trial. Richard Blumenthal, attorney general for Connecticut, Eliot Spitzer of New York, and New Jersey attorney general Peter Harvey have been in communication about possible legal action, according to Blumenthal.

Blumenthal said that the Bush administration's position on plant modernization directed towards the Northeast is "basically, 'Drop Dead'". If lawsuits are filed by states in addition to those filed against changes to the Clean Air Act, they would likely not have the same resources behind them as they might if they were being brought by the EPA.
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