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The Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa. is slated to close in 2021.

Cooling towers at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown.

State Senate introduces a nuclear bailout bill, similar to $500 million proposal from House last month

Like a House bill introduced last month, the new Senate proposal adds nuclear power to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard.

By Marie Cusick

FirstEnergy's Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pa. is scheduled to retire early, in 2021.

As a boy, Yuji Onuma won a contest to create the town slogan for Futaba, Japan. His phrase --

‘I am the witness’: Post-Fukushima, a Japanese man’s regrets mirror his country’s turn against nuclear power

Yuji Onuma was the pride of Futaba, Japan as a 12-year-old, when he won a town slogan contest by praising nuclear power. But eight years after the meltdown, Futaba is deserted and Onuma no longer believes in nuclear energy. ‘I’m glad that I realized my mistake before I died,’ he says.

By Susan Phillips

Rep. Thomas Mehaffie (R- Dauphin) unveils a bill aimed a preventing the early closure of two of Pennsylvania's five nuclear power plants.

Poll: Public is split on whether state should act to prop up nuclear industry

Respondents generally support nuclear as part of the state’s energy mix. But when it comes to the government acting to help out the industry, they aren’t so sure.

By Reid Frazier

This is the control room for the Unit 1 reactor at Exelon Corporation Three Mile Island nuclear generating station in Londonderry Township, Dauphin County. 
May 22, 2017.

What will become of Three Mile Island’s nuclear waste if the plant closes?

In the absence of a long-term solution, the country’s nuclear power plants are left with one option: indefinite on-site storage.

By Wallace McKelvey, PennLive

Red Whittaker stands beside an early prototype of RadPiper, a pipe-crawling robot that will help decommission uranium enrichment facilities in Ohio and Kentucky. Whittaker has worked in robotics for four decades at Carnegie Mellon University, and he developed several robots in the 1980s that helped clean up after the Three Mile Island Incident.

After TMI accident in ’79, this Carnegie Mellon team pitched a novel idea for cleanup: Use robots. It was just the beginning.

“We had a dream and a few pieces of paper and convinced them that we could solve the problem,” one team member recalled.

By Amy Sisk

Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.

Lawmakers seek support for nuclear bailout bill

The memo is a first step toward introducing legislation to bail out Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry, and provides the first look at what a proposal might contain.

By Marie Cusick

Three Mile Island power plant.

Smart Talk: Pennsylvania’s nuclear dilemma: Should the state bail out plants?

A recent caucus report urged Pa. to look at what other states have done
By Merideth Bucher

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry answers questions during a media availability following a tour of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. Perry said he was confident that Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratory will continue to play significant roles in the nation's weapons program.
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