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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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Capacity Being Added at Florida's Hines

LCG, Mar. 28, 2002--The second phase of construction at Florida Power's Hines Energy Complex is beginning today, and will add a second gas-fired, combined-cycle plant.

The new plant will have a capacity of 495 megawatts, and is expected to start producing power in November 2003. "We serve a state with one of the highest growth rates in the country," commented Bill Habermeyer, president and CEO of Florida Power, the regulated utility. The original, 482-megawatt plant, Hines 1, started operations in 1999. The Hines Energy Complex is located in Polk County, Fla.

During the approval process of the combined-cycle generating units at Hines by the Florida Public Service Commission in 2000, a staffer suggested that Florida Power be allowed to recoup its capital and operating costs plus a given rate of return for the first five years of the project, rather than over a 30-year period.
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