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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 18, 2013 9:54 AM Flag

    REPORT: OVER THREE DOZEN U.S. NUCLEAR REACTORS AT RISK OF EARLY RETIREMENT, 12 FACE GREATEST SHUTDOWN PRESSURE

    REPORT: OVER THREE DOZEN U.S. NUCLEAR REACTORS AT RISK OF EARLY RETIREMENT, 12 FACE GREATEST SHUTDOWN PRESSURE

    In Wake of San Onofre, Crystal River & Kewaunee Shutdowns, Cooper Outlines Next Nuclear Reactors Under the Greatest Pressure to Close Down; Reactors in AL CA, CT, FL, IL, IA, KS, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VT, and WI on "At Risk" List.

    Read the full 07.17.13 news release here.
    View the related Cooper report here.
    Listen to the 07/17/13 news conference audio here.

    WASHINGTON, D.C.///July 17, 2013///The tough times the U.S. nuclear power industry faces today are only going to get worse. In the wake of nine major nuclear reactor closures or uprate cancellations in recent months, a review of the remaining U.S. fleet reveals that 38 reactors in 23 states are at risk of early retirement, with 12 facing the greatest risk of being shutdown, according to a major new analysis by Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School. Cooper is the author of several reports on nuclear power, including "Policy Challenges of Nuclear Reactor Construction, Cost Escalation and Crowding Out Alternatives" (2009).

    Titled, "Renaissance in Reverse: Competition Pushes Aging U.S. Nuclear Reactors to the Brink of Economic Abandonment," the new Cooper report looks beyond the recent shutdown of four reactors - San Onofre (2 reactors) in California, Kewaunee in Wisconsin, and Crystal River in Florida - and the death of five large planned "uprate" expansion projects - Prairie Island in Minnesota, LaSalle (2 reactors) in Illinois, and Limerick (2 reactors) in Pennsylvania.

    Using 11 risk factors -- including competition from lower-cost energy sources, falling demand, safety retrofit expenses, costly repairs, and rising operating costs - identified in three different Wall Street analysis reports from Moody's, UBS, and Credit Suisse, the Cooper report finds:

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    • Rod Adams · March 17, 2013 Rod Adams, The Atomic Show, RSS

      Are Mark Cooper and Peter Bradford climate change deniers?

      Unlike their fellow Vermont resident, Bill McKibben, Cooper and Bradford are not just nuclear energy doubters; they are active campaigners working hard to halt the early adopter projects that might enable nuclear energy – once again – to become a competitive choice for producing electricity in the United States.

 
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