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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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CMS, Co-op Plan 400 Megawatt Illinois Plant

LCG, May 11, 2001CMS Energy Corp. said yesterday that it will partner with electric cooperative EnerStar Power Corp. in development of a 400 megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant southeast of Champaign, Ill.

The $160 million CStar Energy Project would be built on a reclaimed coal mine site between the Illinois towns of Murdock and Newman and be capable through its first phase of generating about 200 megawatts of electricity during times of heavy electric demand, with a second phase of another 200 megawatts planned.

The companies said the Douglas County Board of Commissioners has endorsed the project and permitting applications have been filed with state authorities. CMS will own 56 percent of the project and EnerStar the balance.

"We need a diversified power supply portfolio in order to control our power supply cost," said Tom Hentz, EnerStar president and chief executive. "We've seen the risk involved in the new deregulated market and one way to control risk is diversification. We also want to control our own destiny and one way to do that is to own a portion of our own generating plant."

For fuel, the new plant will tie into a CMS Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co. pipeline not far from the site. Expected dates of construction and completion were not disclosed.

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