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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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Federal Court Says SCE Plan Unlawful

LCG, September 24, 2002-Yesterday, a federal court found that an agreement between the CPUC and Southern California Edison (SCE) violated state law.

The California Public Utilities Commission and SCE have been working together since the California energy crisis in order to prevent the utility from falling into bankruptcy. Last year the two came to a settlement, which was approved in October by a federal district judge. The utility was given permission to use $3.3 billion in overcollections to offset its debts.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Monday that the agreement between the regulator and the utility was unlawful.

The Utility Reform Group brought the settlement into question on behalf of consumers, and the case will be heard by the California Supreme Court some months from now.

SCE has stated that its bankruptcy fears have been somewhat assuaged and reportedly has only $1.1 billion remaining to collect from ratepayers.

California's utilities suffered financial difficulty during the energy crisis of 2000/2001 because of discrepancies between the price of wholesale power and the allowed retail price. While Northern Californian utility PG&E declared bankruptcy, Southern California Edison managed to avoid this measure and is currently solvent.

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