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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NRC Renews Operating License for Beaver Valley Power Station in Pennsylvania

LCG, November 6, 2009--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced yesterday that it approved the renewal for 20 years of the operating licenses for Units 1 and 2 at the Beaver Valley Power Station in Pennsylvania. With the 20-year extension, the nuclear units are licensed to operate until January 29, 2036, and May 27, 2047, respectively. Units 1 and 2 went into operation in 1976 and 1987.

FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company, the operator of 1,815-MW Beaver Valley Power Station, submitted the application on August 27, 2007. The NRC performed safety and environmental reviews, of the two, pressurized-water nuclear reactors prior to approving the applications.

The NRC stated that the Beaver Valley licenses represent the 56th and 57th reactor licenses that it has renewed. Furthermore, there are now 13 applications for 20 units that are under review by the NRC.

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