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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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Wind Farm Possible at Montana Mine

LCG, Sep. 16, 2002--A windpower developer that previously bid unsuccessfully to supply power to Montana's NorthWestern Energy is still pursuing a project in the state, at the Golden Sunlight Mine.

The company, Northern Alternative Energy, is studying the possibility of building a 50-megawatt installation made up of about 28 turbines. A Jefferson County economic development oficial, Scott Mendenhall, has been in discussion with the developer. "This is something everyone can support, he said....We need to jump on this as a state."

By seeking the support of the Public Service Commission to provide energy to customers who do not choose an electrical provider, the company president, John Jaunich, is aiming to secure qualifying facility status for his investment. A federal production tax credit would result if the Public Service Commission agrees.

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