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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French Utility Encounters Adversity in Heat Wave

LCG, Aug. 11, 2003--The French utility Electricite de France said today that it could be forced to counteract disruptions to its normal provision of power services, due to a lack of cooling water for its generating plants, and possible line failures underground due to heat.

"The situation deeply affects the coal, fuel, nuclear power output and hydropower production of EdF, which needs water to function," a statement read. It called the ongoing heatwave the source of potentially "serious and significant consequences on French electricity."

EdF has put in place mobile generating units for customers who might lose access to large generators should lines fail. The temperatures observed have gone up throughout August, while the utility had to shut a coal-fired plant outside of Paris because of insufficient cooling water.

National power production has been supplemented by purchases from outside the country, and power prices set a record today.
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