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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U.S. Vice President Continues to Sit on Energy Documents

LCG, September 5, 2002-The U.S. Justice Department filed papers this week in response to a ruling which had ordered the release of documents stemming from the energy task force led by Vice President Dick Cheney, and asserted that the ruling is unconstitutional.

The Justice Department papers said "Further responses would impose upon the Executive unconstitutional burdens," in reply to an order for evidence-gathering by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan.

Two organizations, Judicial Watch and the Sierra Club, have brought lawsuits against the Bush administration energy task force, which established new U.S. energy policy last year. The groups intend to determine what influence various industries had in the formation of that policy, and Cheney and the administration have refused to hand over related documents while other Federal agencies have coughed up thousands of pages of documents.

In July, Judge Sullivan reprimanded Justice Department attorneys for being deliberately misleading:

"the fact that the government has stubbornly refused to acknowledge the existing controlling law in at least two cases, does not strike this Court as a coincidence. One or two isolated mis-citations or misleading interpretations of precedent are forgivable mistakes of busy counsel, but a consistent pattern of misconstruing precedent presents a much more serious concern."

The Bush administration refuses to yield documents that are connected to the Vice President, to two of President Bush's assistants, to the energy task force, and to the former executive director of the task force.

Meanwhile, a House-Senate conference committee is currently discussing the energy plan, the end result of the task force's endeavors.

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