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Duane Arnold facility gets 20-year license extension


PALO (KWWL) -- NextEra Energy, the company that owns the Duane Arnold Energy Center in Palo, has received a 20-year license extension for the Duane Arnold Energy Center from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission following a 26-month environmental and safety review.

"This milestone opens the door to an additional 20 years of safe energy, clean power generation and jobs for Iowa," said Site Vice President Chris Costanzo in a written statement.

The initial 40-year operating license was granted in 1974 and was set to expire in 2014.

To receive the extension, the plant had to detail how the aging of material and components would be managed through testing, inspection, refurbishing or the replacement of plant equipment. To receive license extension approval, the plant was required to show that technical information is in compliance with federal regulations. The license extension process also included on-site inspections and opportunities for public participation.

The facility is owned by NextEra Energy Duane Arnold, LLC (70 percent), Central Iowa Power Cooperative (20 percent) and Corn Belt Power Cooperative (10 percent). The plant has approximately 600 employees.

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