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Panel to eye permit renewal with coastal, sea-level concerns

The House Natural Resources Committee will likely delve into a debate this week over whether the Indian Point nuclear plant must comply with the Coastal Zone Management Act.

The panel's Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee will hold a hearing tomorrow on "federal implementation" of the act. Committee Republicans did not respond to requests for more information, but Democrats say one of the witnesses is an official from Entergy Corp., the plant's owner.

SECURITY:

Another nuclear cyberthreat roils South Korea

South Korea's largest nuclear power producer has again caught the attention of hackers, according to an official statement and local media.

A Twitter account tied to self-styled anti-nuclear hackers posted purportedly stolen documents and threatened to attack power plants with a computer virus last Wednesday, according to South Korean news reports. The account has since been blocked.

TECHNOLOGY:

Can the next generation of reactors spur a nuclear renaissance?

More than a quarter of the world's carbon dioxide emissions come from burning fossil fuels to produce heat and electricity. In the United States, the Department of Energy projects load growth of 22 percent by 2040. Meanwhile, greenhouse restrictions are poised to go into effect under the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. In order to meet that growing demand while hitting a greenhouse gas reduction target of 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, a chorus of voices from industry and think tanks is calling for a nuclear energy renaissance in the United States and around the world.

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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.

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