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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OPEC Pressures Russia on Oil Production

LCG, March 18, 2002-With a sluggish world demand for oil, OPEC is concerned that Russia, as the world's second largest oil exporter, will not limit its oil production.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) changed its forecast for growth in worldwide oil demand from 500,000 to 420,000 barrels per day, 0.55 percent of the world's total of 76 million barrels a day.

Russia promised to decrease its first quarter production by 150,000 barrels per day, although exports were reportedly up 940,000 barrels per day in February. OPEC has demanded that Russia continue limiting its oil production in the second quarter, but Russian officials do not want to lose market share or give up revenues that the struggling country needs. Experts say that Russia's mostly private industry may export more oil than reported even if the Russian government vows to limit production.

OPEC secretary general Ali Rodriguez and president Rilwanu Lukman could not convince Russian officials to devote themselves to future agreements with OPEC, although Russia avoided rejecting Opecs demands outright.

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