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Scientists Say Advanced Nuclear Reactors Not Safer Than Conventional Plants

A new generation of so-called “advanced” nuclear power reactors that Washington believes could help fight climate change often present greater proliferation risks than conventional nuclear power, a science advocacy group said on Thursday. President Joe Biden, a Democrat, has made …

Scientists Identify Nuclear Plants Facing Highest Risks From Earthquakes

The U.S. nuclear power reactors facing the highest risks of a meltdown from earthquakes are not in tremor-prone California, but states including South Carolina and Missouri, an analysis of government data published on Thursday said. The chances of an earthquake …

Nuclear Plants Allowed to Extend Workers’ Hours, Delay Inspections

Nuclear power plants can now implement longer shifts for workers and delay some inspections, raising concerns that as the coronavirus pandemic upends basic operations the industry may be bending the rules too far. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is already allowing …

Aging U.S. Nuclear Plants Pushing Limits of Life Expectancy

The U.S. is set to become the first nation to decide whether it’s safe to operate nuclear power plants for 80 years, twice as long as initially allowed. The majority of the nation’s 99 reactors have already received 20-year extensions …

U.S. Sees Room for Improvement in Nuclear Plant Safety

U.S. regulators see room to improve safety at the country’s nuclear power plants even though tests after the Fukushima disaster have shown they are fundamentally sound, the top U.S. watchdog said on Tuesday. More than two-thirds of the way through …