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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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New York Poised to Close Last Coal-fire Power Plant

LCG, December 4, 2019--The last operating coal-fired power plant in New York is moving toward closure shortly. Last month, Somerset Operating Company, a subsidiary of Riesling Power LLC, submitted a request to the New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) to waive the state's required, 180-day notice to close the Somerset Station, allowing the facility to be retired on February 15, 2020. Closure is contingent on approvals by both NYSPSC and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which will evaluate if it will cause an adverse effect on grid reliability.

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Striking South Korean Power Workers Face Dismissal Deadline

LCG, Mar. 22, 2002--A protracted strike by South Korea's unionized power industry workers will result in their dismissal Monday morning if they do not return to work, the country's energy minister announced yesterday.

The workers have expressed resistance to privatization, which they believe will result in job losses and increased power prices. South Korea, which intends to finalize the sale of all but its hydro and nuclear power divisions, hopes the country can increase power output 100 per cent by 2015.

The striking workers make up two-thirds of the 8,400 employed in the power industry. The 3,489 workers who would be fired Monday would follow 197 who have so far been fired.

Shin Kook-hwan, the energy minister, said, "We will review how former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher handled a strike by unionized coal miners and how former U.S. president Ronald Reagan treated a strike by air traffic controllers." He also indicated that although the workers thought that firing them would be a reckless move, "this is a country upholding democracy, freedom and market principle. They are engaged in illegal activities. We should abide by laws."

Union spokesman Lee Byung-chul told Reuters that despite the possibility of 500 new workers being hired to replace fired unionists, "it is pretty doubtful how long the power plants can be kept in operation without the workers." Soldiers have been trained to take over some posts.
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