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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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GRDA Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Combined Cycle Project at Grand River Energy Center in Oklahoma

LCG, January 27, 2015-The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) held the groundbreaking ceremony on January 23 for its combined cycle project at the Grand River Energy Center in Chouteau, Oklahoma. The 495-MW, gas-fired generation project is estimated to cost $297 million and is scheduled for completion in early 2017.

The new combined cycle project will utilize the Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA) J-Series gas turbine, and the installation of this MHPSA J-series will be the first in the nation. In January 2014, GRDA selected MHPSA to supply the M501J (328-MW) gas turbine, an SRT-50 (167-MW) steam turbine, and a generator to be supplied by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

The Grand River Energy Center, located approximately 35 miles east of Tulsa, currently includes two coal-fired units that were installed in the 1980s. GRDA plans to install new emissions control equipment on Unit 2. A number of options are under consideration for Unit 1, including: retiring the unit in 2016, installing emission controls, or converting the unit to burn natural gas, rather than coal.

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