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Staff at the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County powered down the facility last weekend in response to an internal leak.

FitzPatrick spokesperson Tammy Holden says they recently discovered a defect in a few of the plant's more than 30,000 fuel rods - long, thin metal tubes that contain uranium. They're located within the reactor's core and help produce power. The issue was higher than normal radioactive contamination in the water that the fuel rods heat to produce steam.

Pennsylvanians Near Nuclear Plants Can Pick Up KI Tablets

Aug 19, 2017
Ben Allen, WITF

Pennsylvanians who live or work within ten miles of the state's five nuclear power plants can pick up precautionary medicine for nuclear emergencies next week. The Department of Health will be handing out free potassium iodide (KI) tablets in community centers on August 24th. The tablets help protect the thyroid gland in the rare case of a radiological emergency.  

Ben Allen, WITF

Leaders from government, business and labor want the Legislature to get involved and keep Three Mile Island open past 2019. Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania - which is getting funding from Exelon, the owner of Three Mile Island - is calling for government help to keep the plant in Dauphin County running. Last week, it announced plans to shut it down in 2019 without government assistance

Joe Ulrich, WITF

Exelon has announced it will prematurely close the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in September 2019—15 years before its license expires. The plant’s been unable to compete. Like coal companies, the nuclear power industry faces slowing demand for electricity, along with a glut of cheaper natural gas and renewables. Around the country, five nuclear plants have retired in the past five years, and another five are scheduled to close within a decade. 

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JOANNE CASARRO / WITF

State lawmakers have begun discussing ways to shore up Pennsylvania’s struggling nuclear power industry, while maintaining a reliable electric grid and low prices for consumers. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

One hundred fifty truck shipments of radioactive waste could be traveling along Interstate-81 from Canada to South Carolina for the next several years. That has city officials in Syracuse worried about the potential dangers if there is an accident. 

JOANNE CASSARO/ WITF

Amid slowing demand for electricity and a glut of cheap natural gas, the nuclear power industry is having a hard time competing. Last year Exelon’s Three Mile Island plant near Harrisburg didn’t clear an auction for the future sale of its electricity, fueling speculation it could shut down prematurely. 

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Midnight on Friday is not just the deadline for the state budget to be finished. It’s also the date for an $8 billion bailout of some upstate nuclear power plants to begin.

Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant / Entergy

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - New York's subsidy program to support financially impaired nuclear power plants has been caught up in the budget negotiations as some lawmakers are trying to halt the program right before it begins. 

FitzPatrick Transfer Nears Completion

Mar 15, 2017
Entergy

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Central New York lawmakers and leaders are applauding the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's approval of the sale of the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant as the final step needed to ensure its continued operation, but there's still some work to be done.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The New York State Assembly held a hearing Monday on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to spend $8 billion in subsidies to keep three upstate nuclear power plants operating for the next 12 years. But no one from the Cuomo administration showed up. 

GOVERNORANDREWCUOMO / WRVO NEWS

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Municipalities across New York State are expected to be paying more in energy costs because of the state's nuclear subsidies. That is according to a report from the Alliance for a Green Economy, which opposes the nuclear subsidies. 

GOVERNORANDREWCUOMO / FLICKR

A long-term energy plan by the Cuomo administration that includes a nearly $8 billion subsidy to upstate nuclear power plants is being challenged from both ends of the political spectrum, and a lawsuit has been filed to try to stop the deal. 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the sale of the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant from Entergy to Exelon. The deal to keep the plant open is now one step closer to completion.

GOVERNORANDREWCUOMO / WRVO NEWS

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has spent the past year walking a fine line between environmentalists who believe nuclear power is a necessary evil in reducing the state's carbon dioxide emissions and those who think the plants pose too great a danger. But, Cuomo is no stranger to this kind of juggling act on nuclear policy. 

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

(WRVO) Nine months after Entergy said it would close the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, the company announced it would be selling the financially struggling plant to Exelon instead. The sale saves more than 600 high-paying jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy. 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

(WRVO) If the recently approved nuclear subsidies can save the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County, it likely will not be with Entergy as its owner. 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) has adopted a 12-year plan to support the state's financially impaired nuclear power plants. 

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(WRVO) The fate of upstate New York's nuclear power plants could be decided today. The state's Public Service Commission (PSC) will vote on a massive nuclear power subsidy program that several plant owners say they need to survive and what anti-nuclear forces call a wasteful investment in a dangerous power source.

Payne Horning, WRVO

(WRVO) Pro- and anti-nuclear power groups are making their final cases for New York state to adopt or reject a proposal that would financially support the state's nuclear power plants. A decision on the nuclear subsidy plan is expected from the Public Service Commission (PSC) within the next week. 

Entergy

(WRVO) Negotiations are underway between two nuclear power companies that could save the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County. Entergy had all but guaranteed that it would shut the plant down because it was losing $60 million annually, but a state plan to subsidize New York's nuclear plants is enticing another company to buy and operate the facility.

Payne Horning, WRVO

(WRVO) Entergy, the owner of the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant, has confirmed that it is in talks with Exelon, which owns Oswego County's Nine Mile Point Nuclear Plant, to buy and operate FitzPatrick, which is scheduled to be closed in January because of financial troubles.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

(WRVO) The owner of the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County, which is scheduled to be closed starting in January, is in discussions to sell the plant to Exelon, owner of the nearby Nine Mile Point facility.