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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station shut down for mechanical issue

China faces nuclear energy choice: reprocess or not?

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was shut down for the second time in roughly three weeks following a mechanical issue at the Plymouth plant. A U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman says the facility experienced an “unplanned shutdown” around 8:35 a.m. Tuesday after water levels unexpectedly spiked in the reactor pressure vessel. Water is pumped into the reactor ...

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New York senators continue to question gas pipeline expansion

New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s U.S. senators are urging the federal government to halt the expansion of a gas pipeline project that runs beside a nuclear power plant. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand want the Algonquin pipeline project halted until independent health and safety reviews are completed. The two Democrats say the project poses a threat to the ...

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TVA considering small modular reactors near Oak Ridge

TVA, modular reactors

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Just a week after voting to scrap an unfinished 1970s-era nuclear power plant in Alabama, the Tennessee Valley Authority began taking steps toward possible future construction of small modular reactors. TVA spokesman Jim Hopson says several designs for the new generation reactors are in the pipeline to be certified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. TVA is ...

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Sea turtles get sucked into Florida power plant

sea turtles

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — More than one protected sea turtle a day, on average, has been sucked into a St. Lucie County nuclear power plant property in the nearly a decade it has taken for the federal government to approve pipe grate that could prevent the problem. A Treasure Coast Newspapers investigation (http://bit.ly/1TpYTC4 ) has found that amounts ...

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BY THE NUMBERS: The Fukushima nuclear disaster, 5 years on

The Fukushima nuclear disaster, 5 years on

TOKYO (AP) — Five years after a powerful earthquake and tsunami sent the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan into multiple meltdowns, cleaning up the mess both onsite and in surrounding towns remains a work in progress. Here’s a look, by the numbers, at the widespread effects of radiation from the March 11, 2011, disaster: ___ 164,865: Fukushima residents ...

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Nuclear crossroad: California reactors face uncertain future

LOS ANGELES — Six years ago, the company that owns California’s last operating nuclear power plant announced it would seek an extended lifespan for its aging reactors. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. envisioned Diablo Canyon as a linchpin in the state’s green energy future, with its low-carbon electricity illuminating homes to nearly midcentury. Now, with a much changed nuclear power ...

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Blimp prompted power-down at Salem Twp. nuclear plant

The wayward military blimp that wreaked havoc in and around Columbia County led to a power-down of Unit 2 at the Susquehanna Nuclear power plant in Salem Township as a precautionary measure. Todd Martin, spokesman for the plant’s owner, Talen Energy, said the operator of the regional power grid, PJM Interconnection, directed the company at approximately 2:30 p.m. to reduce ...

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Vermont’s sole nuclear power plant ends operations

FILE - In this June 19, 2013 file photo, the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station sits along the banks of the Connecticut River in Vernon, Vt. Its owner, Entergy Corp., said it is closing the plant for economic reasons, and is expected to be disconnect from the regional power grid. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont’s only nuclear plant stopped sending power to the New England grid Monday following more than 42 years of producing electricity. The shutdown came just after noon as the Vermont Yankee plant completed its 30th operating cycle when workers inserted control rods into the reactor core and stopped the nuclear reaction process, the plant’s owner said. In ...

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Radioactivity in nuke plant water draws inspection

Stephen Singer | Associated Press WATERFORD, Conn. — Federal regulators began an inspection of Connecticut’s nuclear power plant Monday, more than a week after a power failure forced both units to shut down and water was found to be slightly radioactive. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it’s examining the response by Millstone Power Station to the May 25 outage that ...

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