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Warm seawater forces Conn. nuclear plant shutdown

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By STEPHEN SINGER Associated Press / August 13, 2012 HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s nuclear power plant shut one of two units on Sunday because seawater used to cool down the plant is too warm. Unit 2 of Millstone Power Station has occasionally shut for maintenance or other issues, but in its 37-year history it has never gone down due to excessively warm water, spokesman Ken Holt said on Monday. Water from Long Island Sound is used to cool key components of the plant and is discharged back into the sound. The…read more

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“Demonic” reality of Fukushima, versus absurdity of NRC

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Beyond Nuclear NRC file photo of Peach Bottom Units 2 & 3 in PennsylvaniaIn the days following the March 11, 2011 beginning of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano repeatedly reassured the Japanese public, news media, and world community that there was “no immediate health risk” from mounting radioactive releases from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. His choice of words was very similar to the U.S. nuclear power establishment’s during the Three Mile Island meltdown of 1979, as captured by Rosalie Bertell’s classic anti-nuclear primer No Immediate…read more

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Flooding in Nebraska Threatens Nuclear Power Plants

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From: The Progressive By Matthew Rothschild, June 22, 2011 The sight of a nuclear power plant in Nebraska surrounded by the rising waters of the flooding Missouri River is cause for alarm, to say the least. Just 19 miles from Omaha, the Fort Calhoun plant had been warned back in October by the NRC that it had inadequate flood plans in place, and that flooding could cause damage to the plant’s core. Even as the water levels have risen all around the plant, its operators claim there’s no problem. “This…read more

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In Reversal, Germany to Close Nuclear Plants by 2022

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By JUDY DEMPSEY and JACK EWING Published: May 30, 2011 BERLIN — The German government agreed on Monday to phase out all nuclear power by 2022, a sharp reversal by Chancellor Angela Merkel aimed at appeasing the country’s intensified antinuclear movement. The announcement came after marathon talks held at the chancellery on a new report by the Ethics Commission for Security Energy that recommended closing all 17 of the country’s nuclear plants. Ingo Wagner/DPA, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Anti-nuclear activists protested near the Unterweser nuclear power plant near the northern German…read more

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