Gundersen: California reactor likely shut down forever — At least four other US nuke plants in trouble (AUDIO)

Published: November 22nd, 2012 at 1:49 am ET
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Fairewinds Podcast, Nov. 21, 2012:

At 12:00 in

Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: We had 2 more in the last 2 weeks raise the issue of their not being financially viable. Oyster Creek isn’t the only reactor that’s experiencing financial problems, we’ve got Kewaunee we know about, but 2 others have popped up on the radar this week and they’re surprising because they’re newer reactors.

The Wolf Creek reactor announced it’s looking for a partner to share engineering with [...] And Callaway said the same thing. Both of these are new reactors in the Midwest. They’re saying basically that the costs to run a nuclear reactor makes them uncompetitive in today’s environment. So we’ve had 4 reactors in the last month talking about they’re having trouble making economic sense about running. Kewaunee, Oyster Creek, Callaway, and Wolf Creek. And you’ve got to believe that there are others out there too.

At 18:15 in

Gundersen: San Onofre Unit 3 is likely shut down forever. And Unit 2 is going to be shut down for more than a year and likely never get to 100% power again.

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Published: November 22nd, 2012 at 1:49 am ET
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