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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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Seminole Electric Coop Files to Construct New Coal Plant

LCG, March 15, 2006--Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Seminole) filed last week with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) for a Certificate of Need to construct a 750-MW, coal-fired electric generating unit in Putnam County, Florida. Seminole also filed with Florida's Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) a Site Certification Application for the unit on March 9.

Seminole's proposal is to add a third, coal-fired unit at its existing 1,300 MW Seminole Generating Station. The current schedule calls for commercial operations to commence on May 1, 2012. The project is estimated to cost $1.4 billion and includes investments of over $250 million to improve emission controls at the existing coal units.

Seminole states that the new capacity is needed to provide reliable, economical energy supplies to its ten member systems in Florida
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