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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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AES to Restart Two Retired Southern Cal Units

LCG, May 15, 2001AES Corp. said yesterday that its Huntington Beach, Calif. plant had received the green light from the California Energy Commission to begin rebuilding two retired natural gas-fired electric generation units that will add 450 megawatts of new power in California.

The two units, built shortly after World War II, were retired in 1995 by Southern California Edison Co. the former owner of the Huntington Beach plant. The reconstruction will upgrade and improve the reliability of old boilers, replace obsolete controls, and install "state-of-the-art" emissions controls, AES said.

Ed Blackford, president and site manager of AES Huntington Beach, said "Not only will these unitsbe on line in time to address California's urgent need for electricity this summer, but the state-of-the-art modifications will make this plant one of the cleanest gas-fired plants in California."

Mark Woodruff, president of AES Southland, added "Not only will this project bring more clean electricity to California, it will also help lower electricity prices."

AES is one of the "biggest snakes on the planet earth" accused by California Gov. Gray Davis of price gouging.

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