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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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Biomass Fuel Supply Agreement Completed for 100-MW Project in Florida

LCG, January 19, 2011-A biomass fuel supply agreement was finalized for the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (GREC), a 100-MW power project planned for North Florida under development by American Renewables. Under the agreement, Rayonier, an international forest products company based in Florida, will supply logging residues, forest thinnings and other woody waste materials to the project.

Gainesville Regional Utilities will receive the power generated from the project under a 30-year, power purchase agreement (PPA). The project is scheduled to commence operations in late 2013.

The GREC project is planned for a site adjacent to an existing coal-fired power plant located approximately eight miles northwest of downtown Gainesville. The GREC design incorporates a bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) boiler.

A number of other biomass power projects across the Nation have stalled due to rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last year. First, the EPA called into question whether or not power plants burning biomass are carbon neutral, placing new risk on biomass power plants for carbon emissions. Second, the EPA's proposed Industrial Boiler MACT rule created additional problems for biomass power producers last year by setting emission limits that will be difficult if not impossible to achieve with existing technology. In response to a wave of opposition to the Industrial Boiler MACT rule, the EPA requested last December additional time to develop the rule from the Federal Court, and a ruling on the extension is expected by the end of this week.
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