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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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New Power Draws Attention of PUC for Billing Practices

LCG, Sep. 16, 2002--The New Power Co., part of an Enron subsidiary created in 1999, may be fined $3.91 million by the Public Utility Commission of Texas due to its failure to itemize charges on bills sent to power and gas customers.

Bills sent to thousands of customers were said by PUC staff to contain unexplained charges for past costs incurred by New Power for transmission and distribution service. While New Power apparently experienced some delays in being billed for such services itself, rules set by the PUC do not permit charges for items more than six months old. Power costs were shown without reference to quantity used by the customer or the price for given quantities of usage.

The suggestion by the Texas PUC staff to fine the company is not likely to yield any payment by the company, which was meant to serve customers in deregulated power and gas markets. New Power and its parent NewPower Holdings, Inc. have already filed for bankruptcy. Possible billing violations by New Power's Pennsylvania operations are also under investigation.
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