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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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AEP to Sell Coal Mines, Buy Fuel for Power Plants

LCG, May 1, 2001American Electric Power Co. Inc. and Consol Energy Inc. said yesterday they had agreed for Consol to buy certain Ohio and West Virginia coal mines from AEP affiliates and sell coal to the big utility to fuel its power plants.

Under the proposed agreement CONSOL Energy would purchase the stock of Windsor Coal Co. in West Liberty, W.Va., Southern Ohio Coal Co. in Wilkesville, Ohio, and Central Ohio Coal Co. in Cumberland, Ohio.

AEP would agree to purchase about 34 million tons of coal from these and other Consol mines through 2008. The coal would fuel several AEP power plants, including the Muskingum River, Cardinal and Gen. James. M. Gavin plants. (A power plant named after Jumping Jim Gavin, the old paratrooper?)

It appears that there is little protection for mine workers in the agreement. The companies said only that "Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, or WARN, notices will be given toemployees at the three mines. The notices alert them to the potential sale and indicate that theiremployment with AEP would end on or about June 30, 2001 when it is anticipated that the agreementwith Consol would be closed."

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