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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station shut down for mechanical issue

Pilgrim nuclear power plant

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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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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Gas deal could signal Southern’s drift from new nuclear projects

Six months ago, three top executives at Georgia’s largest utility companies met over steak dinners at Bones restaurant in Atlanta to explore possibly joining some planned pipeline projects aimed at tapping the Midwest’s booming production of natural gas. But the talk quickly stretched to a more ambitious agenda: Southern Company was interested in buying AGL Resources, the Atlanta natural gas ...

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Colorado State sharing research cost at Japan nuclear site

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Colorado State University is helping pay the salary of a radiation expert to study the environmental effects of the 2011 meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi (foo-koo-SHEE’-mah dy-EE’-chee) nuclear power plant. Colorado State said Thursday it is co-sponsoring Thomas Hinton’s salary at Fukushima University in part because it will provide CSU students with access to the site ...

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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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