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Majority of Americans see reactors as climate 'solution' -- industry poll

A majority of Americans associate nuclear power with solving climate change while ensuring the lights stay on, according to a new industry-backed poll.

Thirty-one percent of those surveyed said they associate nuclear power "a lot" with being a "climate change solution," while 31 percent said they see "a little" connection, according to a poll the Nuclear Energy Institute released today. Thirty-four percent of respondents said they do not associate nuclear power with solving climate change, and a remaining 5 percent said they did not know.


Leadership scramble starts as chairwoman steps down

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairwoman's announcement yesterday that she'd resign at year's end plunged the agency once more into uncertainty about its leadership and direction.

Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane plans to leave the NRC to direct the Center for International Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University, cutting short a five-year term slated to end June 30, 2018.


Lockheed unveils plans for commercial fusion in 10 years

Lockheed Martin Corp. today announced it will develop a compact nuclear fusion reactor that could be ready within a decade.

Lockheed Martin's technology not only will shorten the infamous "30-years-away" timeline for commercial fusion but also will shrink the size of its reactor from the size of a building to the size of a large truck -- about 33 feet by 23 feet -- or 10 times smaller than current models, the company said.


IG report faults inspectors' review of crippled Calif. plant

Federal nuclear inspectors failed to identify red flags five years ago when evaluating -- and eventually approving -- an equipment swap at two reactors in California that later proved to be faulty and forced the plant's closure, according to a federal watchdog.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Inspector General Hubert Bell, in a 55-page report released yesterday, questioned why inspectors out of the agency's Texas-based regional office -- which oversees reactors in the West -- approved Southern California Edison's (SCE) replacement of massive steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear plant without first changing its license.


Costs for new S.C. reactor expected to grow by another $1B

SCANA Corp.'s new cost estimate for its nuclear project in South Carolina was the second of a one-two punch the utility delivered to investors recently, once again showing the enormous risk these companies take when building large, multibillion-dollar reactors.

The project, once estimated to cost $9.8 billion, could cost $1 billion more. SCANA's South Carolina Electric & Gas company, which owns 55 percent of the project, would be responsible for $660 million. Co-owner Santee Cooper's share is an estimated $540 million.

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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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