"Aging Reactors Put Nuclear Power Plant 'Safety Cultures' in the Spotlight"

"Across the U.S. nuclear energy sector, plant owners are seeking -- and gaining -- NRC approval to run first-generation plants for 20 years beyond the original license period. Nine Mile Point Unit 1's operating license has been extended to 2029, and Unit 2 is cleared to run until 2046.

The Obama administration considers the 104 U.S. reactors a cornerstone of the nation's long-term quest to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. As the plants age, the need for rigorous safety supervision steadily mounts, industry experts stress."

Peter Behr reports for ClimateWire March 9, 2010.

Source: ClimateWire, 03/10/2010