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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) accepted for review an application from Virginia Electric and Power Company (Dominion Energy Virginia) to extend for an additional 20 years the operating licenses of Surry Units 1 and 2, located near Surry, VA.

Dominion submitted its license renewal application Oct. 15.

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Dominion is seeking a subsequent renewal for the Surry units, 17 miles northwest of Newport News, VA.

The NRC approved the initial license renewal in March 2003, with Unit 1 currently licensed to operate through May 25, 2032, and Unit 2 through Jan. 29, 2033. With renewed licenses, the units may operate to 2052 and 2053, respectively.

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Accepting the application for review, or “docketing” the application, does not indicate whether the Commission will approve or reject the request.

In addition, Dominion said earlier this year that it would file a similar application to renew the licenses of its two units at the North Anna Power Station in Louisa County. Dominion said it could spend as much as $4 billion over the next decade on the relicensings.

Together, Surry and North Anna produce about 31 percent of the company’s electricity.

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