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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Less than Twenty Generators Produce Half of All Emissions

LCG, March 25, 2002-A study conducted by two environmental policy organizations found that over fifty percent of all U.S. noxious air emissions came from less than twenty utilities.

Using 2000 federal emissions data to rank companies relative to the quantity and type of generators they own, the report included one hundred of the largest companies in the U.S.

Four pollutants were considered: mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide. These contaminants contribute both to health and environmental problems.

Critics such as AEP, the country's largest generator, say that the study is out of date and ignores improvements made by polluters and changes in holdings.

The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies sponsored the study and hope that legislators will consider those with the least pollution relative to the extent of operations as a standard for the industry.

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