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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Move for Final Vote on Energy Bill Blocked

LCG, Nov. 21, 2003--The major energy bill that has been sought by the Bush administration and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, and which was passed by the House this week, was not brought to a vote by the Senate today when too few Senators voted to end debate.

While minority leader Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., voted to end debate (the tally was 57-40), and was ready to vote in favor of the bill, he said some of the provisions in the package, which included $31 billion worth of tax incentives, were not acceptable to some senators, including six Republicans.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., labeled the bill "an enormous turkey stuffed with ... tax dollars." The bill requires a doubling of ethanol production, the gasoline additive made from corn grown in the Farm Belt, by 2012. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said that the ethanol requirement amounted to "essentially a hidden gas tax." She charged that ethanol is increasing gas prices in California.

For his part, Daschle felt he could not vote against the bill because of the benefits it would provide farmers in his state of South Dakota.
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