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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Mitsubishi Subsidiary Seeks to Build Nevada Plant

LCG, Mar. 4, 2002--Diamond Generating, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, the Japanese conglomerate, hopes to build a gas-fired generating plant near Goodsprings, Nevada, starting in early 2003.

While many US-based power developers have scaled back the number of projects they are actively pursuing due to a drop in power prices and lender concerns over some power producers' high levels of debt, Bill Davis, director of development of Diamond Generating, said, "there is still an increase in electric load requirements (in the western United States)." The plant would be named Ivanpah Energy Center, and would have a capacity of 500 megawatts.

The plant, which would be dry-cooled, would utilize 30 to 50 acre feet of water for cooling annually, from partially treated gray water generated by the Southern Desert Correctional Center in Jean. A typical dry-cooled plant requires 250 to 300 acre feet. The land on which Ivanpah would be built would be leased from the Bureau of Land Management.

A series of public meetings are scheduled concerning the plant. If the plant receives all required approvals, Diamond hopes to start operations by March 2005.
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