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Xcel Blamed For Cost Overruns At Monticello 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.

07/09/2014

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NRC To Hold Public Meeting On Monticello Safety

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.

03/30/2014

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NRC Says Spill At Prairie Island Posed No Danger

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a spill of radioactive tritium at Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island Nuclear Plant was so small the utility wasn’t required to report it.

02/07/2012

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Minn. GOP Leader Says Vote On Nuclear Ban Unlikely

The top Senate Republican says the Minnesota Legislature likely won’t vote this year on a bill to lift a ban on new nuclear power plants.

05/05/2011

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)

Meltdown Concerns At Damaged Japan Nuke Plant

An explosion Saturday at a nuclear power station damaged by Japan’s powerful earthquake destroyed a building housing the reactor, amid fears that the plant located 150 north of Tokyo could melt down.

03/12/2011

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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. House Backs Move Toward More Nuclear Power

A notable shift in Minnesota energy policy won approval from the state House on Thursday, when lawmakers voted to dump a ban on construction of new nuclear power plants.

02/17/2011

Saturday Night with Esme Murphy – 8/28/10

While many parents are willing to put their children in school when they’re eligible, some parents prefer to let their kids “redshirt” before sending them into Kindergarten.  One such parent is Todd Nettleton.  He tells […]

08/29/2010