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In 'Fukushima Building,' TVA tests a new age of nuclear construction

SPRING CITY, Tenn. -- A new $185 million building here can withstand an earthquake, floods and tornadoes.

The floor is tied to bedrock.

The door and wall can withstand "missiles," which could mean actual weapons but more likely would be objects pummeled through the air during a tornado, hurricane or other severe weather event.

This is the new "FLEX Storage Equipment Building" at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar nuclear power plant. TVA officials simply call it the "Fukushima Building."

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With 1 reactor nearly complete, TVA has more nuclear plans on the back burner

More than 3,000 workers are at Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar nuclear site making sure Unit 2 will be ready to produce electricity by the end of next year.

Meanwhile, a 1,600-acre site in Jackson County, Ala., waits in the wings for when TVA needs additional emission-free baseload generation.

TVA's Bellefonte site in Hollywood, Ala., could be where the utility eventually builds a new reactor. Those plans may seem ambitious right now, but TVA has considered the site for as many as four reactors.

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'Empty and lonely' Fukushima towns struggle in catastrophe's wake

IWAKI CITY, Japan -- Three years have passed since a mega-earthquake and tsunami slammed into Atsushi Fuda's hometown of Hirono, forcing him to leave with only the clothes on his back.

Today, Fuda, 72, is among more than 150,000 evacuees unable to return home. And he's worried that people have stopped paying attention.

"The media doesn't come here," said Fuda at the temporary shelter where he lives, about 10 miles away from Hirono. "I feel forgotten."

Fuda's struggle highlights the Japanese government's challenge in decontaminating large swaths of land and drawing residents back home following the March 11, 2011, catastrophe that killed 19,000 people.

NUCLEAR:

2 Japanese reactors clear post-Fukushima regulatory hurdles

TOKYO -- Japanese regulators signaled today that two reactors in the country's southern region would be the first to meet strict safety standards imposed after a magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster three years ago in the Fukushima Prefecture.

The Nuclear Regulatory Authority released preliminary findings that two 1970s-vintage reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai power plant comply with safety standards introduced last summer. The authority's findings are now subject to a 30-day public comment period through Aug. 15.

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The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan has spawned a major nuclear disaster. E&E examines the implications for energy, the environment, security and public health.

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Scores of nuclear power reactors dot the United States. There are 103 reactors that are licensed to operate and 14 undergoing decommissioning. Many others are in planning stages; the four furthest along in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing process are shown on this map. Click on a site icon for more details on the U.S. NRC website.

Zion 1, Illinois Zion 2, Illinois Humboldt Bay, California Vallecitos Boiling Water Reactor, California San Onofre 1, California LaCrosse Boiling Water Reactor, Wisconsin Dresden 1, Illinois Peach Bottom 1, Pennsylvania Three Mile Island 2, Pennsylvania Nuclear Ship Savannah, Maryland Fermi 1, Michigan Indian Point 1, New York Millstone 1, Connecticut Summer 3, South Carolina Summer 2, South Carolina Vogtle 4, Georgia Vogtle 3, Georgia McGuire 2, North Carolina McGuire 1, North Carolina North Anna 2, Virginia North Anna 1, Virginia Surry 2, Virginia Surry 1, Virginia Brunswick 2, North Carolina Brunswick 1, North Carolina Catawba 2, South Carolina Catawba 1, South Carolina Vogtle 2, Georgia Vogtle 1, Georgia Hatch 2, Georgia Hatch 1, Georgia Saint Lucie 2, Florida Harris 1, North Carolina Watts Bar 1, Tennessee Fort Calhoun, Nebraska Cooper, Nebraska Pilgrim 1, Massachusetts Seabrook 1, New Hampshire Vermont Yankee, Vermont FitzPatrick, New York Ginna, New York Perry 1, Ohio Davis-Besse, Ohio Monticello, Minnesota Duane Arnold, Iowa Fermi 2, Ohio Palisades, Michigan Kewaunee, Wisconsin Clinton, Illinois Callaway, Missouri Columbia Generating Station, Washington Wolf Creek, Kansas River Bend 1, Louisiana Waterford 3, Louisiana Robinson 2, South Carolina Summer, South Carolina Grand Gulf 1, Mississippi Crystal River 3, Florida Saint Lucie 1, Florida Oconee 2, South Carolina Oconee 3, South Carolina Oconee 1, South Carolina Palo Verde 2, Arizona Palo Verde 3, Arizona Palo Verde 1, Arizona Browns Ferry 2, Alabama Browns Ferry 3, Alabama Browns Ferry 1, Alabama Sequoyah 2, Tennessee Sequoyah 1, Tennessee Quad Cities 2, Illinois Quad Cities 1, Illinois Peach Bottom 3, Pennsylvania Three Mile Island 1, Pennsylvania Peach Bottom 2, Pennysylvania Nine Mile Point 2, New York Nine Mile Point 1, New York Calvert Cliffs 2, Maryland Calvert Cliffs 1, Maryland Salem 2, New Jersey Hope Creek 1, New Jersey Oyster Creek, New Jersey Salem 1, New Jersey Millstone 3, Connecticut Millstone 2, Connecticut Indian Point 3, New York Indian Point 2, New York Susquehanna 1, Pennsylvania Susquehanna 1, Pennsylvania Limerick 2, Pennsylvania Limerick 1, Pennsylvania Beaver Valley 2, Pennsylvania Beaver Valley 1, Pennsylvania Dresden 3, Illinois Dresden 2, Illinois La Salle 2, Illinois La Salle 1, Illinois Braidwood 2, Illinois Braidwood 1, Illinois D.C. Cook 2, Michigan D.C. Cook 1, Michigan Byron 2, Illinois Byron 1, Illinois Point Beach 2, Wisconsin Point Beach 1, Wisconsin Prarie Island 2, Minnesota Prarie Island 1, Minnesota Arkansas Nuclear 2, Arkansas Arkansas Nuclear 1, Arkansas South Texas 2, Texas South Texas 1, Texas Comanche Peak 2, Texas Comanche Peak 1, Texas Diablo Canyon 2, California Diablo Canyon 1, California San Onofre 3, California San Onofre 2, California Farley 2, Alabam51 Farley 1, Alabama Turkey Point 4, Florida Turkey Point 3, Florida

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