March 24, 2011 |
Exelon Corp., which operates 20 percent of the nation's nuclear-power plants, including the reactors closest to Philadelphia, said Thursday that it anticipates U.S. regulators will launch a wide-scale review of the industry in the aftermath of Japan's unfolding nuclear catastrophe. John W. Rowe, Exelon's chairman and chief executive, told investors in a conference call that the company is confident of the safety of its 17 reactors at 11 sites. "I think there is nothing obvious to us that needs to be changed," Rowe said.
May 8, 1995 |
In the Number One Department Store, the counters feature cosmetics, toys, red plastic bowls, bolts of fabric and clothes - all made right here in Communist North Korea. The Rakwon Department Store has some foreign goods - cameras and photo equipment from Japan, for instance - but nothing from the United States or South Korea. The United States and South Korea are regarded as special enemies here. Their products have been banned - or at least, in the case of South Korean products, disguised as coming from another country.
April 17, 2002 |
Exelon Corp., the country's largest nuclear plant operator, said yesterday that it would end its bid to develop the next generation of nuclear reactors. The Chicago-based parent of Peco Energy Co. said it would terminate its nearly two-year relationship with Eskom, South Africa's state-owned utility, in building a prototype gas-cooled reactor. Exelon is getting out of the business of designing nuclear plants and will concentrate instead on operating them. The company spent $20 million on the project, of which it owned 12.5 percent.
January 31, 1993 |
One by one, nuclear reactors in this country are prematurely decaying, becoming corpses for the atomic graveyard well ahead of schedule. Major reactor components are becoming unsafe: Generator tubes are cracking, pipes are corroding and reactor vessels are becoming brittle, experts say. Rather than pay an enormous repair tab, plant owners are closing down their reactors well ahead of their 40-year life expectancy. By the end of the decade, as many as 25 of the 109 commercial nuclear reactors now percolating in the United States could cease operations permanently, including some of the nation's largest plants.
June 29, 2011
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) is asking for a congressional investigation of whether evacuation planning has kept pace with population growth and increased power levels around nuclear power plants. Casey, chairman of the Senate Joint Economic Committee, requested an investigation by the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm. Casey posed similar questions to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which jointly oversee emergency planning at the nation's 104 commercial nuclear reactors.
June 29, 2001
Nuclear plant is too dangerous It has been proved conclusively that when nuclear plants are closed, cancer rates in children drop dramatically. The study by the Radiation and Public Health Project checked children's baby teeth for radioactive strontium 90, which results only from nuclear-bomb explosions and nuclear reactors. This is why the Tooth Fairy Project, as the study is known, should continue to check children's baby teeth for strontium 90 and why the legislature should provide funding for this research.
May 27, 1986
I completely agree with your editorial of May 13 that atomic energy is too risky. The decision of so many of the best and brightest minds in the utility industry that electric power from cheap nuclear energy was desirable must be challenged. The industry has never solved the problem that has existed from the beginning of how to dispose of nuclear wastes. Now we have the example of the Soviet accident to show how many more problems are created by a nuclear power plant accident.
March 30, 2011 |
Though the chance is extremely remote, Pennsylvania nuclear reactors, including those near Lancaster and Beaver Creek, could be vulnerable to radiation leaks if their power were knocked out for days, an Associated Press investigation has found. The risk exists for all U.S. nuclear reactors if there are no other means to keep the reactors cool, but some are more susceptible than others, according to the AP investigation, conducted in the wake of radiation leaks at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
January 25, 1991 |
The United States' reported bombing of two nuclear reactors in Iraq is not likely to cause serious environmental or health problems because the amount of uranium in them was probably small, three American nuclear experts said yesterday. And the bombing of the reactors at Tuwaitha, 15 miles southeast of Baghdad, may not have accomplished the U.S. goal of destroying Iraq's nuclear-weapons capability, they said, because the fuel may have been removed before the bombings. The experts also warned that the bombing - the first time operating nuclear reactors have been struck in wartime - established a dangerous precedent.
December 31, 1986 |
What, if anything, can the United States do to guarantee that its neighbors build safe nuclear power plants? The Soviet Union, for example, is providing Cuba with two 440-megawatt pressurized water reactors in the city of Cienfuegos, on the southwestern side of the island, less than 200 miles from Key West, Fla. For the past several months, the United States has been trying politely to gain assurance from the Soviet Union that it will provide...