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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Germans Agree on Plan to Shut Nuclear Plants

LCG, May 14, 2001German government and electric industry leaders have worked out compromises to disagreements over plans to shut down the country's 19 nuclear power plants, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported this morning.

Chancellor Gerhard Schrder and leaders of the country's electricity producers had worked out a broad outline of the plan last June, but the energy producers later called for changes in the draft legislation because they feared the text could be rewritten to their disadvantage, the paper said.

Environment Minister Jrgen Trittin said over the weekend that the parties could sign the agreement later this month or early in June. The agreement would then be considered by the German cabinet and then by the Bundestag, Germany's parliament. The deal would not be subject to approval by the Bundesrat, an assembly of German states.

Tritten, a leader of the anti-nuke Green Party, told the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel, "The result of the agreement is that around 2018 Germany will no longer have any nuclear power plants on-line." Tritten has been guilty of wishful thinking in the past, however.

According to the Frankfurt paper, the plan would allow each plant to operate for 32 years and produce a fixed amount of energy. But producers could trade these quotas among plants, allowing older facilities to be closed in order to extend the life of other sites.

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