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Site of Worst US Nuclear Accident Is Shutting Down

Owner has been threatening to close Three Mile Island plant for years

(Newser) - Three Mile Island, site of the United States' worst nuclear power accident, will begin a planned shutdown starting June 1 now that it is clear that it will not get a financial rescue from Pennsylvania, its owner said Wednesday. Exelon Corp.'s statement comes two years after the Chicago-based... More »

'Hero' Who Foiled Nazis' Nuclear Dreams Dies

Joachim Roenneberg, who led Norway's 'most successful sabotage,' dies at 99

(Newser) - It was said to be a "near-suicide mission," and a previous attempt saw dozens of men killed and captured by the Nazis. But the "Operation Gunnerside" raid in World War II on a Norwegian plant making heavy water—a hydrogen-filled substance that could eventually have been used... More »

Thermal Images of North Korea Nuclear Plant Hold Disturbing News

Pyongyang may have more bomb fuel than previously believed

(Newser) - North Korea may have more fuel for nuclear bombs than previously believed, according to a US think tank. The new report from 38 North analyzed thermal satellite images of the Yongbyon nuclear plant, the country's main nuclear site, and found that Pyongyang may have reprocessed more plutonium than previously... More »

Vermont Nuke Plant to Close

Company, state were in midst of legal fight

(Newser) - Vermont's lone nuclear plant will shut down at the end of next year, reports the Burlington Free Press . Entergy, the company that runs the 41-year-old Vermont Yankee plant, said the decision to shutter it was based solely on financial factors—including the boom in natural gas production across the... More »

More Bad Fukushima News

Radioactive substances found in groundwater

(Newser) - The fallout from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant disaster continues . The latest: Tests found that groundwater there contained 30 times the legal level of the radioactive substance Strontium-90, and eight times the legal amount of the radioactive isotope tritium, reports the BBC . A TEPCO official says the working theory is... More »

1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Accident at US Nuke Plant

Heavy piece of machinery falls in Arkansas facility

(Newser) - One worker died and three others were injured this morning when a heavy piece of equipment fell on them at an Arkansas nuclear plant, officials said. The workers were moving the equipment from the turbine building at an Entergy Arkansas plant in Russellville, about 70 miles northwest of Little Rock.... More »

Explosives Found Near Sweden Nuclear Plant

Security alert raised, but officials say no real danger

(Newser) - Sweden raised the security alert for the country's three nuclear power plants today after explosives were found on a truck at the southwestern Ringhals atomic power station. Police said they were investigating possible sabotage. Bomb sniffer dogs detected the explosives during a routine check yesterday afternoon by security staff... More »

New Plan: Fewer Safety Drills Near US Nuke Plants

Sleep soundly, America

(Newser) - Without fanfare, US nuclear power regulators have overhauled community emergency planning for the first time in more than three decades, requiring fewer drills for major accidents and recommending that fewer people be evacuated right away. The revamp, the first since the program began after 1979's Three Mile Island accident,... More »

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