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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EU Commission Would Increase Nuclear Insurance Premia

LCG, July 11, 2003--Nuclear operators would be required to increase their insurance coverage for nuclear accidents or environmental damage under rules introduced by the European Union Commission.

The changes were put forth to bring the EU into compliance with treaties concerning civilian use of nuclear technology, namely the Paris Convention on Third Party Liability and the follow-up Brussels Convention, both of which were first drafted in the 1960's, but which were updated in response to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, in which a large radioactive release occurred in the Ukraine.

EU countries would have the ability to change their liability laws, in the direction of requiring larger payments by nuclear operators to compensate victims, and to pay for environmental harm. The Paris Convention sets the limit for such compensation payments. Under the newly released plan, governments would also be required to pay more for insurance covering the effects of a nuclear incident.

The European nuclear industry, as far as the trade group FORATOM was concerned, is behind the changes, as the new rules do not surpass the treaty provisions. The treaties were updated by the Nuclear Energy Agency, of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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