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James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant Sets New Record for Continuous Operation

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The James A. Fitzpatrick nuclear power plant in Scriba. Photo from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Lycoming, N.Y. – Entergy’s James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant has achieved a site record for the most days of continuously producing electricity. FitzPatrick reached 702 days of safe, continuous operation today, Sept. 12, just prior to a safe shutdown to start the station’s 19th refueling outage.

This record performance places FitzPatrick first in the number of days of continuous operation within the Entergy nuclear fleet and seventh all-time for all the boiling water reactors in the United States. Entergy’s Indian Point Energy Center’s Unit 3 reached 678 days of continuous operation in March 2009.

This FitzPatrick milestone ends a remarkable breaker to breaker run (operating from one refueling outage to the next without taking the plant offline). Entergy’s Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station achieved a similar breaker to breaker run in April of this year just prior to commencing its twenty-eighth refueling outage following 532 consecutive days of safe, continuous operation.

The previous record for FitzPatrick was 451 continuous days when it ran from March 2001 through June 2002.

“These are major accomplishments for the FitzPatrick and Vermont Yankee teams. Our goal is to continuously operate our plants safely and reliably from one refueling outage to the next – and we did just that,” said Pete Dietrich, Entergy’s site vice president at FitzPatrick. “We remain committed to a “safety first” approach with a sharp focus on improving equipment reliability, human performance, standards of excellence and continuous improvement. It is that constant commitment and focus that continues to drive our success reflected by this record run.”

FitzPatrick also led the Entergy nuclear fleet in 2009 with a recorded average capacity factor of 97.9 percent.  This means that FitzPatrick was online producing safe, low-cost energy more than 97 percent of the time over a three-year period.

Entergy’s James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant is located on the southeast shore of Lake Ontario in the town of Scriba in Oswego County New York, approximately seven miles east-northeast of the City of Oswego. FitzPatrick’s more than 600 employees live throughout Central-NY communities.

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and more than 15,000 employees.

Entergy, NYS DEC Reach Agreement on Key Environmental Approvals

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Entergy Nuclear is pleased to announce that the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant has received its renewed State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit renewal and a Water Quality Certification (WQC) for the 20-year Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)-issued renewed license.  Concurrently, the New York Department of State Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) issued its consistency determination for the renewed NRC license.  The WQC and CZMA determination reflect New York State’s acknowledgement of the important role of the FitzPatrick plant to the New York power supply and the absence of adverse aquatic impacts associated with its operations.

Early last week, Entergy Nuclear and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) reached agreement on the terms of FitzPatrick’s SPDES permit and WQC.  That agreement reflects Entergy’s commitment to upgrade screening mechanisms designed to foster the return of entrapped fish to Lake Ontario, and NYSDEC’s acknowledgement of the need for more study before additional technology is considered for the station.  A NYSDEC administrative law judge approved the resolution.

“We are extremely pleased with this resolution and thank elected officials, community leaders, citizens of the community and Entergy employees for their support of the expeditious approval of the SPDES permit and WQC,” said Site Vice President Pete Dietrich.  “It goes without saying that we are committed to environmental stewardship; we therefore appreciated the cooperative working relationship with the NYSDEC staff, and look forward to continued work with them in our efforts to safeguard environmental resources, to advance Climate Change solutions and to advance the continued reliability and affordability of the New York energy supply.”

A public hearing conducted before NYSDEC was held on July 15, in Scriba, NY.  The meeting was an opportunity for members of the public to state their views on the station’s renewed SPDES permit and WQC.  New York Assemblyman Will Barclay; several Oswego County officials, including County Administrator Philip Church; Chairman of the Legislature Barry Leeman; and County Sheriff Reuel Todd spoke in support of prompt issuance of the renewed SPDES permit and WQC.  Also speaking in support of Entergy were Paul Santore, 16th district county legislator; Morris Sorbello, 23rd district county legislator; Oswego Mayor Randy Bateman; Scriba Town Supervisor Ken Burdick; Planning Board Chairman James Wellington; Kern Yerdon, IBEW Local 97 business representative; and other trade union representatives who provide valuable resources to the plant. Entergy employees and citizens of the community also spoke. These speakers underscored Entergy’s commitment to safe and reliable operation, the station’s many environmental and economic benefits, and the importance of the plant and employees to the community.  In addition to the verbal statements, written comments were submitted by State Senator Daniel J. Aubertine; Gavin J. Donohue, President and CEO of Independent Power Producers of New York;

Michael Treadwell, Executive Director, Operations Oswego County; and many other community leaders and representatives.

Coincidentally, a coastal consistency review conducted by the New York State Department of State under the New York Coastal Management Program was completed, and a concurrence with consistency certification was issued.

FitzPatrick expects its license renewal as early as August, extending the station’s current 40-year license, and its commitment to the community and New York to 2034.

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