NRC renews operating license at Arizona nuke plant

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- Federal regulators have renewed the operating licenses at the nation's largest nuclear power plant west of Phoenix for an additional 20 years.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday that the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station will be licensed to operate through 2047.

The triple-reactor plant is located in Wintersburg, about 50 miles west of downtown Phoenix.

Palo Verde supplies electricity to about 4 million customers in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California. It's run by Arizona Public Service Co. for a consortium of power companies in the four states.

Palo Verde's first unit went into operation in 1986 with its last unit in 1988. The current license for Unit 1 expires in June 2025, Unit 2 in April 2026 and Unit 3 in November 2027.