New Reactor Licenses to be issued to Florida Power and Light

On April 5, 2018, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced that the agency has authorized its staff to issue Combined Licenses for Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) Turkey Point site in Florida.  The licenses grant FPL permission to build and operate two AP1000 reactors at the site, which is located approximately 25 miles south of Miami. Overview After conducting a hearing on December 12, 2017, the Commission authorized the agency’s Office of New Reactors to issue the licenses.  The Commission found the staff’s review of FPL’s application adequate to make the necessary regulatory safety and environmental findings. Background FPL submitted the application on June 30, 2009, seeking permission to build and operate two AP1000 reactors adjacent to the two existing Turkey Point reactors.  The NRC certified the 1,100-megawatt AP1000 design in 2011. The NRC’s Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) independently reviewed aspects of the application that concern safety, as well as the staff’s final safety evaluation report.  In September 2016, the committee provided the results of its review to the Commission.  In October 2016, the NRC completed its environmental review and issued the final impact statement for the proposed Turkey Point reactors. For additional information, please contact Scott Burnell of the NRC at (301) 415-8200.