Florida Power and Light Company (FP&L) sent in an application in January to renew the operating licenses of its Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Units 3 and 4 in Homestead, FL, for an additional 20 years and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) just accepted it for review.
FP&L submitted the subsequent license renewal application on Jan. 30. The application, minus proprietary details, is available on the NRC website.
FP&L is seeking a second renewal for the Turkey Point units, approximately 20 miles south of Miami. The NRC approved the initial license renewal of 20 years in June 2002, with Unit 3 currently licensed to operate through July 19, 2032, and Unit 4 through April 10, 2033.
Accepting the application for review, or “docketing” the application, does not indicate whether the Commission will approve or reject the request.
Petitions to intervene in a hearing must be filed by July 2, by anyone whose interest may be affected by the proposed license renewal and who wishes to participate as a party in the proceeding.
FP&L’s application is looking to operate its two Turkey Point reactors through 2052 and 2053.
If the NRC grants the renewal, FP&L could be among the first power companies to operate a reactor for 80 years.
The renewal request comes as FP&L is set to go to trial in early 2019 over a lawsuit brought by conservation groups asserting it violated the Clean Water Act with contaminated water discharges at its Turkey Point plant on Biscayne Bay south of Miami.
The two reactors at the plant are cooled by a 2-mile-by-5-mile unlined canal system that is polluting the Biscayne Aquifer as well as the surface waters of Biscayne Bay. The Biscayne Aquifer supplies drinking water to more than 3 million South Floridians, including customers of Palm Beach County Water Utilities.