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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NY Grid Operator Comments on Blackout Avoidance

LCG, Aug. 28, 2003--Speaking before the New York State Assembly yesterday, the president of the New York Independent System Operator, William J. Museler, stated that even if the grid manager had known about transmission problems in the Midwest well in advance of the blackout that ultimately hit New York, it would not have anticipated the situation becoming as severe as it did.

Had a decision been taken to isolate the New York transmission system from other areas, including Ontario, to which New York was effectively sending power, it could have increased risks for neighboring regions, said Museler. He also told legislators that in addition to not providing assurance of preserving stability for New Yorkers, active isolation would not have been in keeping with long-standing cooperative policies with regional partners.

Investigators have generally agreed that lines between New York and Ontario seem to have functioned according to their design, and did not automatically trip when the flow of power across the U.S.-Canadian border increased significantly. Nonetheless, given the amount of data that still requires examination, this viewpoint is being scrutinized before more explicit confirmation.

Museler testified that, on balance, assuming some risks by remaining connected to the larger grid could have beneficial consequences by encouraging reciprocal behavior by other grid managers. "There are many more times where it's better being connected to the grid, where it's going to save you," Museler said.
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