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Wisconsin Nuclear Power Plants are Safe


Two Creeks, Wis. (WHBL-Learfield) - Officials say Wisconsin won’t have to worry about radiation spilling from its nuclear plants, after a release in Japan in the wake of the tsunami. Viktoria Mitlyng of the U-S Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the Kewaunee and Point Beach nuclear plants were made to survive the worst natural disasters on record – with an extra safety margin on top of that. The two Wisconsin plants are about as old as the Japanese plants built in the 1970’s. But Kewaunee and Point Beach have pressurized water reactors – while the Japanese units have reactors with boiling water. Sara Cassidy of the Point Beach plant in Two Rivers says her facility’s design and maintenance are based on the worst-case seismic scenario for the plant’s location. Mark Kanz of the Kewaunee nuclear plant says its owner, Dominion Resources, will review all of its safety systems to make sure everything’s working properly. The nuclear plants provide about one-fifth of all the electricity used in Wisconsin. The Nuclear Energy Institute says it’s premature to make conclusions about the Japanese incident and what it means for the future of nuclear power. Senate Independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut is calling for a re-assessment of the industry. The Obama White House says nuclear is part of the president’s overall standards for cleaner energy.