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In a September 15, 2016, letter to Exelon, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) executive director for operations (EDO) granted Exelon’s appeal of the NRC’s attempted imposition of a backfit by using the compliance exception to the backfit rule. Using that exception would have allowed the NRC to impose the backfit without justifying its actions from a cost-benefit perspective.
The UK government has confirmed its commitment to move forward with the construction and operation of Hinkley Point C, the first new nuclear plant to be licensed in the United Kingdom since 1987.