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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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Financial Condition of British Energy Could Reflect on Bruce Power

LCG, Sep. 6, 2002--With the privatized British Energy seeking U.K. intervention to prevent insolvency, conditions at one of its subsidiary's nuclear plants in Canada are seen as having the potential to be adversely affected.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission would like assurance that during the next six months, Bruce Power will have the financial resources to operate its eight nuclear reactors in Ontario without trouble. The commission's request is a part of its normal role, in which nuclear operators are required to provide updates at three month intervals.

"As one of the conditions of its operating license, Bruce Power is required to have financial guarantees that if ever they should have to cease operations there would be financing available to them to cover their operations for six months to ensure a safe shutdown," spokesman Michel Cleroux of the CNSC disclosed to Reuters.

If British Energy, as an 82-percent owner of Bruce Power, cannot provide adequate reassurance to the licensing body, Bruce Power would need to seek its own financing arrangements. Bruce Power is also owned by Cameco Corp., a miner of uranium.
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