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Former EPA official, senator tour northern Ohio

OAK HARBOR, Ohio – Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner and former U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg (R., N.H.) made a whirlwind, two-day visit across northern Ohio on behalf of nuclear power in general this week. But part of their assignment from a new bipartisan coalition known as Nuclear Matters was to generate more support for the long-term operation ...

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Westinghouse CEO expects nuclear power to grow in energy-hungry U.S.

When Westinghouse Electric Co. hired Danny Roderick as its CEO two years ago, some wondered whether anyone would ever break ground on another nuclear reactor in the United States. The Cranberry-based company increasingly looked to the U.K United Kingdom, China, and former Soviet bloc countries as more realistic customers for its AP1000 reactors as regulators reacted to the Fukushima disaster ...

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Nuclear plant fees to fund safety protections are set to increase

Fees that nuclear power plant owners pay to the state’s environmental and emergency management agencies for public safety protections will increase by $175,000 a year under a bill signed last week by Gov. Tom Corbett. Beginning in July, the state’s five nuclear plant sites will each pay $650,000 a year to the Department of Environmental Protection, up from $550,000, and ...

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FEMA: Emergency drill at PPL nuclear plant successful

Staff at the PPL Susquehanna Steam nuclear plant in Salem Township and local and state emergency responders are prepared for an emergency situation. Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 3 Spokesman Peter Herrick Jr. said last week’s exercise went well, and that it appears everyone acted in accordance with their emergency plans. As part of the Radiological Emergency Preparedness program, FEMA ...

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Federal board: Defense nuclear facilities not prepared for emergencies

Meg Mirshak | The Augusta Chronicle The nation’s defense nuclear facilities, including Savannah River Site, are not adequately prepared to respond to earthquakes, fires and other emergencies, according to a federal nuclear safety oversight panel. In a recommendation to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board said the federal government has become complacent on updating emergency ...

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Fukushima reactor 3 meltdown was worse than estimated: Tepco

Kazuaki Nagata | The Japan Times Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that its new estimate shows that all the fuel rods in reactor 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant apparently melted down and fell onto the bottom of the containment vessel. In November 2011, the company had said it believed only about 63 percent of reactor ...

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Promises of easier nuclear construction fall short

Ray Henry | Associated Press WAYNESBORO, Ga. — The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source. So far, it’s not working. Quality and cost problems have cropped up again, raising questions about whether nuclear power will ever be ...

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Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation’s nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios. A National Academy of Sciences report says that means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storm, multiple failures and situations that seem freakishly unusual. ...

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Poll: Californians support global warming rules – unless gas prices rise

Dan Smith | Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.) Californians continue to strongly support their state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases — until they find out it involves higher gasoline prices, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The Public Policy Institute of California’s annual environmental survey also found majorities oppose the greater use of fracking for oil exploration (54 percent), increased offshore ...

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Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a nuclear energy cooperation deal with Argentina on Saturday on a trip to bolster trade ties and strengthen Russia’s influence in Latin America. Putin’s energy minister, Alexander Novak, told reporters in the Argentine capital that the Russian state atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, had made an offer to tender for the construction ...

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