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Decision on nuclear waste sites stalled in Congress

Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel — radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump. The steel and concrete containers used to store the waste on-site were envisioned as only a short-term solution when introduced in the 1980s. Now they ...

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AP makes corrections to story on Entergy Nuclear

In a story Jan. 13 about the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, The Associated Press reported erroneously how much power the plant supplies to Vermont. The plant currently supplies a small fraction of Vermont’s power, not a third, as it used to before a contract expired last March. The story also erroneously reported when the plant’s state certificate to operate ...

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Refueling of nuclear reactor completed ahead of schedule

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority has refueled its Unit 2 reactor at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant ahead of schedule. In a statement, TVA also said the refueling came in under budget. The reactor at the plant in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., near Chattanooga, Tenn., was scheduled to be down for 90 days when the planned outage began Oct. 15. TVA ...

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Utility reports all nuclear plants safely weathered Sandy

JACKSON — Entergy Nuclear reports its Indian Point Energy Center and James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in New York, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vermont have all safely weathered Hurricane Sandy. Indian Point 2, FitzPatrick and Pilgrim remained at full power while Vermont Yankee reduced power to 88 percent at the ...

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Entergy: Grand Gulf license renewal remains on track

CLAIBORNE COUNTY — Entergy Nuclear officials say the license renewal for the Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant in Claiborne County remains on track. Grand Gulf’s license expires in 2024, and an application to extend it an additional 20 years is expected to be finalized by September 2013. On June 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ...

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Kilgore: Nuclear reactor behind schedule, over budget

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The second nuclear reactor at TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant will not be completed on schedule and will be over budget. Tennessee Valley Authority president and CEO Tom Kilgore updated the government utility’s board yesterday during a meeting in Chattanooga, Tenn. Kilgore said Watts Bar Unit 2 in Spring City, Tenn., would not be finished by 2013 ...

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TVA chief operating officer McCollum to retire

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s chief operating officer, 60-year-old Bill McCollum, says he will retire June 30. McCollum announced his plans in a Wednesday telephone call with reporters. As chief operating officer, McCollum oversees management of power production, transmission, power trading and resource management programs. McCollum said he plans for the next six months to mainly work on capital project planning. ...

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TVA reports 'unusual event' at nuclear plant

SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority reports it has declared an unusual event at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant when a fire involving a 500,000-volt transformer in a switchyard at the plant lasted more than 15 minutes before being extinguished. The plant is located on the Tennessee River near Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, about 18 miles northeast of Chattanooga. An unusual event is ...

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TVA losing money to keep river cool

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority has cut power generation in half at its largest nuclear plant to avoid overheating the Tennessee River in Alabama, costing the utility millions of dollars. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the nation’s largest public utility has already lost nearly $50 million in power generation at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens, ...

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TVA earmarks money for nuclear reactor

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The board of directors for the Tennessee Valley Authority approved nearly $250 million toward the possible reopening one of its nuclear reactors in Alabama. The board last Friday in Knoxville approved the fiscal year 2011 budget that included $248 million to fund the initial engineering design and site preparation for Unit 1 at the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant. ...

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