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Alabama nuclear plant may be down for weeks

A nuclear plant in Alabama that lost power after a violent storm could be down for weeks but backup power systems prevented a partial meltdown like the disaster in Japan. Full story

Lawmakers seek studies for Calif. nuclear plants

California lawmakers kept up the pressure Thursday for a harder look at earthquake safety at the two nuclear power plants in the state, questioning why federal regulators won't halt relicensing work until new seismic maps are completed. Full story

Lawmaker calls for new nuclear waste rules

A top Senate Democrat on Monday urged the U.S. nuclear regulator to require plants to speed up the shift of radioactive waste to dry cask storage from pools. Full story

Open Channel: What NRC nuclear documents do you want to see? Here's our list

The Japanese nuclear emergency has, of course, raised interest in nuclear power in the United States. Full story

US nuke plants ranked by quake risk

Nuclear power plants built in the areas usually thought of as earthquake zones, such as the California coastline, are no longer those with the highest risk of damage from an earthquake. We rank all 104 reactors in the U.S. Msnbc.com investigative reporter Bill Dedman reports. Full story

Factbox: Japan effect on new U.S. nuclear power plants

Some U.S. lawmakers and energy experts are urging federal regulators to delay decisions on nuclear reactor designs and new plant construction permits in the wake of the nuclear power crisis in earthquake-ravaged Japan. Full story

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