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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Georgia Lawmakers Approve Gas Reform

LCG, Mar. 21, 2002--Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes' bill to remedy problems with his state's retail natural gas market was passed mostly untouched by the General Assembly and Senate this week, while an attempt to have one marketer be responsible for all gas sales was defeated.

Consumers had registered a large volume of complaints concerning billing problems and rates, following deregulation in 1997. Marketers said that delinquent accounts had made higher charges necessary. The Natural Gas Consumer Relief Act will create a single marketer for low-income customers and those with unreliable payment histories. A surcharge for industrial customers will keep rates for low-income customers lower than the average, while high-risk customers will be charged rates higher than average.

The bill first passed in the House 173-3, and then in the Senate, 36-16, after a few small modifications were made. Sen. Steve Thompson, D-Powder Springs, said that a plan by Sen. Regina Thomas, D-Savannah, to bring customers under one provider would have resulted in higher costs, partly from lawsuits filed by marketers already selling to customers. Most customers are served by unregulated marketers. In addition, the bill will allow nonprofit electricity providers or electric membership cooperatives to be providers.

Safeguards in the legislation include standardization of terms used on customer bills, and a clause that would permit new regulations if the number of companies marketing natural gas should drop to three or fewer.
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