Industry, regulators mull further extensions for nuclear plants

04/27/2012 | AOL Energy

Federal regulators and industry officials are studying whether to add another 20 years to the standard license extension for nuclear plants, which would allow such facilities to operate for 80 years. While the idea could raise concerns, particularly in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi incident in Japan, nuclear plants are subject to constant renewal and maintenance, said John Keeley, a spokesman for the Nuclear Energy Institute. "Often, the only thing that's 40 years old in a 40-year-old nuclear plant is the license," Keeley said.

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