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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Nebraska Wind Farm Operational Next Month

LCG, September 17, 2002--Eleven Nebraska towns have contracted with the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska to receive power from a new 10.5-megawatt wind farm.

The farm, visible from 20 miles away on Interstate 80, cost $14 million. The installation of seven 230-foot-tall turbines was sited in Kimball, population 2,559. According to City Clerk Harold Farrar, "They are the talk of the town. Everybody thinks they look really nice out there."

The planned operation date is October 1. A spokesman for Municipal Energy, Bob Selzer, said other towns in Nebraska and Colorado are considering obtaining energy from wind, although the variable output of a wind installation means that it cannot be relied upon to supply all of an area's energy needs.

The towns that will receive output include Alliance, Bayard, Burwell, Callaway, Gering, Kimball, Mitchell, Oxford, Red Cloud, West Point and Wood River. Other wind farms in Nebraska include installations at Lincoln, Springview, and Valley.
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