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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Maritimes Pipeline to Provide Gas to New Hampshire Plant

LCG, May 18, 2001The Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline LLC said yesterday it reached an agreement with an ad hoc subsidiary of Consolidated Edison Inc. to provide natural gas transportation service to a 525 megawatt power plant currently under construction in Newington, N.H.

The plant, being developed by Con Edison affiliate Newington Energy LLC, is scheduled to begin commercial operation next year. Maritimes & Northeast intends to build a connection to the plant from an existing lateral near the plant.

"With natural gas from the Maritimes pipeline, we will be able to produce cleaner, low-costelectricity for the people of New Hampshire and New England," said Michael Madia, a Newington vice president.

Maritimes & Northeast transports natural gas from the Sable offshore project near Nova Scotia. When the pipeline went into service last year, it bought gas to parts of the U.S. Northeast that had never had the fuel.

Maritimes & Northeast is jointly owned by affiliates of Duke Energy Corp. (37.5 percent), Canada's Westcoast Energy Inc. (37.5 percent), Exxon Mobil Corp. (12.5 percent); and Emera Inc. of Nova Scotia (12.5 percent).

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