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17 May 2020

Nevada Earthquake Raises More Doubts about Yucca Mountain

On Friday, May 15, 2020, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked Nevada and portions of California. With the epicenter located about 22 miles west of Tonopah, NV, no serious damage was recorded aside from cracked highway pavement in the mostly remote surroundings, far from population centers. Reportedly, Nevada has not seen an earthquake of this size since 1954. Worth noting, the earthquake epicenter is about 100 miles away from the Yucca …

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25 August 2013

Is Fukushima Out of Control?

Following up on a recent post, the news out of Fukushima just got worse last week in what appears to be shaping up as a major environmental crisis requiring a massive and coordinated international response. A spike in radioactivity led to the acknowledgement by Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) of a leaking tank used to store some of the more heavily contaminated water from the damaged reactor. Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory …

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1 May 2009

Missouri Utility Drops Nuke Construction Plan

The New York Times reports here that AmerenUE, a utility company servicing Missouri and Illinois, has suspended its effort to build another reactor and power plant near Fulton, MO. Evidently, the biggest obstacle was Missouri’s anti-CWIP regulations. Construction Works in Progress, or “CWIP” regulations in some states, like Florida, allow utility companies to charge rate payers for construction costs before a new power plant generates and sells a single watt …

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