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DOE pledges $13M for next-generation reactors

The Energy Department today announced $13 million in cost-share agreements for five projects that aim to accelerate the development of next-generation nuclear reactors.

DOE's advanced reactor concept program is focused on new technology systems that use coolants such as liquid metal, fluoride salt or gas that could be safer, cheaper and more efficient compared with current light water reactor technology. The latest funds will help companies address significant technical challenges to the design, construction and operation of next-generation nuclear reactors based on feedback from industry, according to DOE.

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Exelon won't make quick nuclear plant decisions next year, CEO says

The chief executive of Exelon Corp. yesterday said the company won't rush into decisions on closing nuclear plants in Illinois while it works with state officials to produce a new climate policy that puts the company's large nuclear fleet on a comparable competitive footing with wind and solar power.

Speaking to reporters following a speech in Washington, D.C., Exelon's Chris Crane noted the company's initial warning last year that it would have to see action by the end of 2014 resolving how nuclear plants will be handled under U.S. EPA's plan to cut power plant carbon dioxide emissions.

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Enviro groups challenge water permit for Wash. reactor

Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit today challenging a wastewater permit for Washington state's only nuclear power plant, arguing that its discharges threaten the Columbia River.

Columbia Riverkeeper, Northwest Environmental Advocates and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center asked the Superior Court for the State of Washington to overturn approval of the state permit for Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station.

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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.

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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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