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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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DOE Selects NuScale Power for SMR Development

LCG, December 13, 2013--The Energy Department (DOE) selected NuScale Power LLC as the winner of up to $226 million in funding to support the development of small modular reactor (SMR) technology.

The funding will support the design, certification and other necessary steps to achieve commercial operation of the 45-MW NuScale Power Module small reactor design by 2025. The DOES funds will be spread over a five-year period.

Project participants include NuScale's partner Rolls-Royce, its majority owner Fluor Corp. and utility Energy Northwest. The project will be based at NuScale's testing facility in Corvallis, Oregon.

The DOE issued the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) earlier this year to provide support for SMR development and accelerate design certification towards commercialization. DOE?s FOA criteria focused on innovative new technologies that improve safety by reducing natural hazards.

Energy Secretary Moniz stated, "Small modular reactors represent a new generation of safe, reliable, low-carbon nuclear energy technology and provide a strong opportunity for America to lead this emerging global industry. The Energy Department is committed to strengthening nuclear energy?s continuing important role in America's low carbon future, and new technologies like small modular reactors will help ensure our continued leadership in the safe, secure and efficient use of nuclear power worldwide."

The DOE is also supporting Babcock & Wilcox mPower, Inc. (B&W mPower) and its design, which is based upon a 180-MW, integral pressurized water reactor design that uses a fully underground containment structure.
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