Nuclear power

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
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Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is pushing for relief in communities affected by nuclear plant closings.

Kaptur introduced her bill this week to create a Department of Energy program that would provide funding to local governments impacted by the closings.

Kaptur mentions the Davis Besse power plant In Ottawa County, which is expected to shut down in 2020.

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JEFF ST.CLAIR / WKSU

NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland has unveiled a new source of power for deep space missions.

The device, about the size of a beer keg, generates electricity through a controlled nuclear reaction.

It’s a mini-nuclear reactor called Kilopower.

At its unveiling Wednesday, NASA engineers said that it could power a lunar space station, or missions to Mars and beyond.

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NUCLEAR REGULATOR COMMISSION

First Energy Solutions says it’s going to shut down its nuclear power plants. And that means decommissioning them. It’s a lengthy, complex process with public-safety ramifications that by law must be done under the oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  Billy Dickson is the NRC’s regional Chief of Projects.

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TIM RUDELL / WKSU

The regulation of U.S. nuclear power plants includes having a team of government inspectors on site at all times. At the Perry nuclear power station on Lake Erie, a new senior resident inspector has just been named

The arrival of Jakob Steffes coincides with the recent announcements that the Perry plant will be closed in a few years, and its parent company has filed for bankruptcy.

Perry Nuclear Plant east of Cleveland
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Supporters of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant are holding a rally tomorrow (Saturday) in an attempt to keep the plant operating.

FirstEnergy has been looking to get out of the nuclear power generating business because of competition from newer and cheaper natural gas plants.

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