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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Hanford Clean-Up Analysis Timetable Shortened

LCG, July 14, 2003--An agreement between Washington State's Department of Ecology and the Department of Energy includes a change to the deadline for completing analysis of alternative clean-up methods at the Hanford nuclear power plant, cutting nine years off the originally planned duration.

Currently, vitrification is the leading technology for containing 54 million gallons of radioactive and other wastes, and would seal the waste in glass. The analysis to be undertaken would consider other methods to vitrification, which would be performed at a plant estimated to cost $5.7 billion. Without the agreement just reached, these studies would have lasted until 2014, but will now be completed by 2005.

The change has been tentatively approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Changes to the proposed treatment plant's design would mean wastes at different level of radioactivity would be vitrified by separate melters. The plan also moves up the final date for containing the waste to 2028, from 2046. So far, at least 1 million gallons of waste has seeped into the soil from drums that were not designed to hold the waste beyond the passage of two decades.
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