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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FirstEnergy Sends Rolling Blackout Warning Again

LCG, August 21, 2003FirstEnergy Corporation said its customers may suffer rolling blackouts pending todays weather.

FirstEnergy serves 4.3 million customers in New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and has been urging them to conserve electricity over this week as the company recovers from last weeks blackout. FirstEnergy is hoping to bring the 1,320-megawatt Perry nuclear plant on line this evening when it reaches 17 percent capacity. Currently it is running at or above 11 percent. Several reactors were shut down during the massive Northeast blackout, and this week temperatures have been on the rise.

FirstEnergy asked customers to conserve energy yesterday and managed to make it through the day without instituting rolling blackouts, although power was cut to interruptible customers in the Cleveland area. Such industrial and large commercial customers give up power in exchange for cheaper rates, and the utility says it saved between 500 and 700 megawatts yesterday by this method.

The company also expects to return three coal-fired generators to service today and has noted that no generators or lines failed yesterday.

The cause of last weeks blackout, which left 50 million people in the dark, has yet to be determined. Some officials have pointed the finger at FirstEnergys service area, but most officials say it is too early to say anything concrete.

FirstEnergy used rolling blackouts on last Friday in an effort to return to regular service.

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