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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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California Town's 43-MW Power Plant Operational

LCG, Aug. 18, 2003--The Agua Mansa Power Plant, built for the city of Colton, Ca., by energy services firm NORESCO, has been completed, and is intended to "stabilize [the town's] power supply costs, while ensuring reliability," Daryl Parrish, the city manager, said.

The 43-megawatt plant consists of a General Electric LM 600PC Sprint turbine, which will operate in simple-cycle, burning natural gas. City officials decided to build Agua Mansa to lessen exposure to power market price volatility. Colton's power purchase agreements were also nearing their end.

The financial capital for the plant came through the issue of municipal bonds by the city's financing authority.
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