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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Industry News

FERC Money-Pool Conference Planned

LCG, Sep. 9, 2002--In keeping with a plan by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to set tighter controls on the cash flow between regulated and unregulated affiliates, the agency will hold a conference in two weeks with utility and other company input.

Some utilities are wary of such rules, as requiring an affiliate that borrows from a "money pool" managed by one part of a larger corporate entity to be rated investment-grade by a rating agency would not be immediately possible in many cases. Many affiliates currently do not receive any rating, as they do not raise their own financing. The Securities and Exchange Commission receives reports on a quarterly basis that detail transactions within a money pool, including the terms of any loans.

According to a pipeline industry group, a rating would require payments to a rating agency of at least $100,000 for the audit costs.
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