When an anti-war protester interrupted a congressional hearing on Syria this week to yell, “We don’t want another war,” Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged the irony that he first appeared before the same Senate panel 42 years ago as an anti-war activist.
Hurricane Sandy forced three nuclear power plants to shut and put another on alert as federal regulators dispatched inspectors to monitor 11 facilities in the path of the storm, the biggest test for the U.S. industry since a crisis in Japan more than 18 months ago.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s decision to proceed with hearings on a 20-year license extension for Entergy Corp.’s Pilgrim nuclear power plant was appealed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.
Dominion Resources Inc. slowed its 884-megawatt Millstone 2 reactor in Connecticut to 55 percent of capacity from full power on Dec. 10 to repair a leaking feedwater heater, a spokesman from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.
Hurricane Sandy’s wrath shows that U.S. regulators should swiftly implement nuclear-safety rules developed after Japan’s Fukushima disaster, a top lawmaker said, as industry officials said the lack of major problems during the storm showed that they were ready.