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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Republicans Finish Energy Bill Negotiations

LCG, Nov. 14, 2003--Difficult and protracted negotiations on a comprehensive energy bill are essentially over, according to Republican Senate and House chairmen of the committees that led them.

The announcement was made today by Sen. Pet Domenici of New Mexico and Rep. Billy Tauzin of Louisiana. Included in the bill are tax credits for ethanol and for nuclear and coal power producers, as well as aid for specific local projects. The bill did not include provisions for drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, although White House Spokesman Scott McClellan said the administration feels that such projects "should be part of a comprehensive energy plan."

Democrats will now review details of the plan, which are scheduled to be posted tomorrow at noon on the website and Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, a Democrat, voiced strong objections to what he called a "grab bag of goodies for special interests," and said the bill "should be stopped in whatever way possible and I will be checking with my colleagues to see if we have the support to do so," although substantial changes are unlikely.

Mr. Tauzin said the package, the completion of which has been sought by Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, "is going to make a difference in American families' lives."
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