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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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Five Japanese Executives Resign After Nuke Deception

LCG, September 17, 2002-Following an investigation revealing phony nuclear plant records, five executives have resigned from Tokyo Electric Power Company.

Earlier this month, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) found that 13 of its 16 nuclear power plants had incorrect records of reactor core structures. In some cases, cracks in reactors were not disclosed.

Five reactors, amounting to 5,180 megawatts in capacity, have been shut down for inspection.

Additionally, TEPCO's President Nobuya Minami will resign and take a position as an advisor. Chairman Hiroshi Araki will also resign, along with two advisors and a vice president. The company has said that it will seek to punish those responsible, perhaps as many as 35 officials.

Pulling these nuclear plants off line may result in a loss to TEPCO of over $204 million.

Although TEPCO is interested in disciplining its employees, it has asserted that the cover-ups were due to mismanagement on a macro-organizational scale, as opposed to personal greed.

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