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Increased Radioactivity Found In St. Paul Rain Sample

The impact of the badly damaged Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan is being felt in the Twin Cities. A slight increase of radiation levels were found in a rainwater sample taken in St. Paul.

04/04/2011

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Good Question: What If A Tornado Hit A Nuclear Power Plant

First it was the earthquake. Then the tsunami. Then the nuclear power plants couldn’t cool correctly, and now there are explosions.

03/14/2011

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Minnesota Nuclear Plants Drill For Disaster

The U.S. has 103 nuclear reactors generating electricity in 31 states and Minnesota is home to three of them. Xcel Energy operates two at its Prairie Island facility and one in Monticello.

03/14/2011

An aerial view shows the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in the Japanese town of Futaba, Fukushima prefecture on March 12, 2011. Japan scrambled to prevent nuclear accidents at two atomic plants where reactor cooling systems failed after a massive earthquake, as it evacuated tens of thousands of residents. Tokyo Electric Power, which runs the plants, said it had released some radioactive vapour into the atmosphere at one plant to relieve building reactor pressure, but said the move posed no health risks. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Minn. Nuclear Power Bill Stalls After Japan Crisis

A move to repeal Minnesota’s ban on new nuclear power plants has stalled as a crisis unfolds at a nuclear facility in Japan.

03/14/2011

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Negotiations On Minn. Nuclear Power Change Ramp Up

The push to open Minnesota up to more nuclear power is nearing its final stages at the state Capitol.

03/11/2011

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Minn. Senate Takes Step Toward New Nuclear Power

The Minnesota Senate has approved legislation giving energy regulators authority to issue permits for new nuclear power plants.

02/02/2011

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Bill Undoing Minn. Nuclear Ban Gets Senate Hearing

The Minnesota Senate’s top leader is pushing to undo a state ban on new nuclear power plants.

01/25/2011

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Move To Undo Minn. Nuclear Ban Sails Through Panel

A move to undo Minnesota’s 17-year-old ban on new nuclear power plants easily cleared its first committee Tuesday as Republicans who run the Legislature make the proposal a priority.

01/11/2011