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nuclear power

  • Federal officials have granted a factory in South Carolina a license to keep making fuel for nuclear plants for 40 years. The Westinghouse facility in Columbia is just one of three in the country making atomic fuel rods. Environmental groups had fought the new license. They said if the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission was going to renew the license, it should only be for 20 years because of environmental and safety problems. Those issues included nuclear material leaking through the plant floor and groundwater pollution. But federal officials say a recent environmental study found only small to moderate environmental impacts could be expected from the plant through 2062.
  • Duke Energy filed an application earlier this month with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to extend the licenses to run its reactors at the Oconee Nuclear Station near Seneca for 20 more years. The Anderson Independent-Mail reported that the licenses would run until 2053 and 2054. Duke Energy says the extensions are part of its plans to seek 20-year license extensions at its six reactors at three sites in South Carolina.