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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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Progress Selects Harris Nuclear Plant for New Reactor

LCG, January 24, 2006--Progress Energy Carolinas has selected its Harris Nuclear Plant site to evaluate the addition of new nuclear reactors to serve the growing electric demand of its customers. Westinghouse Electric Company was also selected as the vendor to provide the reactors.

Harris Nuclear Plant is located near New Hill, North Carolina. The existing plant is a single-unit, 900-MW facility that commenced commercial operation in 1987. The original site plan included four reactors, and the company states that the site offers sufficient land, water and electric transmission capacity to accommodate at least one new unit. Three other existing nuclear power plant sites were considered by Progress.

In November of last year, Progress updated its plans with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and announced that it planned to submit combined operating license (COL) applications for a site in the Carolinas and a site in Florida. Each COL is to include up to two reactors at each site. The company stated that the application for the COL could be filed in late 2007 or early 2008. Given the NRC approves the application and Progress elects to proceed, construction could start in 2010, with operations commencing in 2016.

Progress selected Westinghouse Electric Company to provide its advanced new AP1000 reactors. The AP1000 reactors are each able to generate 1,100 MW of electricity and employ passive safety features that rely upon natural forces, such as gravity, to simplify design, improve plant reliability, and reduce costs. According to Progress, the AP1000 has 87 percent less cable, 83 percent less pipe, 50 percent fewer valves and 35 percent fewer pumps than the previous generation of reactors. The NRC approved the Design Certification for the AP1000 standard nuclear plant design on December 30, 2005.

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