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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Projections of Rules' Effects Require More Data, GAO Says of EPA

LCG, Aug. 27, 2003--The General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, has found that changes to the implementation of new source review pollution standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency have not been sufficiently studied in terms of their emissions and economic effects.

The EPA agreed with the GAO that it can develop closer communication with local providers of data that could be relevant for such analyses, such as regulatory agencies. These agencies, the GAO determined, might identify suitable sources of information on which to base forecasts. A substantial amount of EPA's projections of the possible results from changing requirements for pollution control equipment at power plants and refineries has been based on input from owners of the plants, and their own analyses of the costs relative to continuation of the status quo.

The GAO found that the current status of research concerning the new source review program renders the likely effects of proposed changes to the rules "uncertain."
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