Changes ordered at Monticello nuclear power plant

  • Article by: David Shaffer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 6, 2013 - 10:08 PM

U.S. regulators ordered 31 nuclear reactors to add or modify emergency vents in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

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supervon2Jun. 6, 13 7:58 PM

This is good. God only knows when we could be hit by a tsunami here in Minnesota.

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billybillyJun. 6, 1310:57 PM

Don't let anyone tell you that nuclear energy is safe; it is not.

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erikj3Jun. 7, 13 2:41 AM

We should be building more nuclear plants. Yes, they're expensive. But so is the price of doing nothing about climate change.

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kruzelcJun. 7, 13 6:58 AM

@billybilly: So who are YOU to say that nuclear isn't safe? What metrics are you siting for this bold statement? You should be GLAD this article came out saying they are taking even more extra steps to make things safer and I doubt you have any real clue as to how much regulation and safety already exist in the nuclear industry.

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betty99Jun. 7, 13 7:02 AM

Nice to see Monticello will have a planned outage versus all of the recent unplanned shutdowns. Mothball it. It's lived way beyond the planned 25 year life when they built it.

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motJun. 7, 13 7:31 AM

Just try and keep in mind the difference between old and new technology and generation. We need new generation of all types, maybe with the exception of coal that just has too many external costs to make it competitive or healthy. New nuke may be interesting, maintaining an old, bandaged nuclear facility is questionable.

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davehougJun. 7, 13 7:51 AM

All energy comes with some downsides. Choose your poison. From noise and birdstrikes with windmills to evacuating part of a state with nuclear.

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cavellJun. 7, 13 8:44 AM

vents? it that like a screen door on a bank vault?

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billybillyJun. 7, 13 8:51 AM

"I doubt you have any real clue as to how much regulation and safety already exist in the nuclear industry." .............I worked at both Monticello and Prairie Island multiple times, and decided unemployment was better than returning. I saw the carnival it was at outage time when the traveling monitors showed up. Like a poster just stated, IF something happens, and it will eventually, a large portion of the State would become unlivable for a century. I don't want to roll the dice.

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