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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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Energy Market May Lead to Mothballing of 16 AEP Texas Plants

LCG, September 12, 2002-American Electric Power, or AEP, may mothball as many as 16 of its Texas power plants in order to ease its financial situation.

The plants, all of which are gas-fired, are located within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). ERCOT will determine which plants are RMR, or "reliability must run," and the remaining, less-than-vital plants will be pulled off line by the end of this year.

AEP officials say the mothballing is in response to deregulation-related growth in the Texas power industry, which has pushed wholesale electricity prices below AEP production costs. Plant employees affected by mothballing will reportedly assume inactive status and receive severance pay.

The sixteen plants in question, representing some 2,663 megawatts of capacity, are Abilene, B.M. Davis, E.S. Joslin, Fort Phantom, Fort Stockton, J.L. Bates, La Palma, Lake Pauline, Laredo, Lon C. Hill, Nueces Bay, Oak Creek, Paint Creek, Rio Pecos, San Angelo, and Victoria.

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