Nuclear Power Plant
An investigation by Minnesota utility regulators blames Xcel Energy Inc. for major cost overruns during a project to upgrade its nuclear plant in Monticello. Xcel disagrees that it’s to blame. Reports say experts hired by Minnesota utility regulators found Xcel managers didn’t fully plan for the job and didn’t have adequate oversight.
Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting Monday night to discuss its latest safety review for Xcel Energy’s nuclear power plant in Monticello. Overall, the NRC found that the Monticello plant operated safely in 2013. But its annual assessment also found some problems that have led to greater oversight.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is conducting a special inspection of the Monticello nuclear power plant.
Trace amounts of radioactive material have been found in air samples in St. Paul and two other locations, likely from the damaged nuclear power plants in Japan.