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Duke, Dominion and Exelon ask NRC for permission to run seven reactors to the age of 80

(It should be noted that the collapse of the cooling tower at Vermont Yankee, pictured above,¬†happened in 2007, when the plant was only 35 years old. Cause of the collapse: corroded steel bolts and rotten lumber.) I’m going to try … Continue reading

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Event Report: Problem at Monticello plant shows why nuke licenses should not be extended

This morning, Minnesota’s Monticello nuclear power plant informed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that it had determined that a number of relays in the facility’s sole reactor had exceeded their analyzed shelf life and as a result had been declared … Continue reading

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How long can you safely operate a nuclear power plant? Apparently forever, according to the NRC

An article on today’s World Nuclear News gave a disturbing glimpse of the future of nuclear power in the United States: US nuclear utilities could start applying to the regulator from 2017 for operating licence extensions beyond 60 years. Staff … Continue reading

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NRC considering 80 year life span for nukes?

In an article today on the impact of Fukushima, the Wall Street Journal buried this bombshell in the third paragraph: Regulators are conducting research to see if U.S. reactors could be pushed to 80 years. According to the CIA World … Continue reading

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