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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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Sempra Questions CA Challenge of Expensive Contracts

LCG, March 26, 2002-San Diego Gas & Electric's parent company Sempra insists that the state cannot ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to alter or nullify electricity contracts.

$43 billion worth of contracts were signed last year during California's energy crisis, and the state requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) do something about the contracts, which are deemed to be $21 billion too expensive by the California Public Utilities Commission. The CPUC says the contracts do not follow federal guidelines calling for reasonable pricing

Sempra says that California cannot legally request to change the contracts and hopes that FERC will deny the substance of California's filings.

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