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Blast At French Nuclear Waste Plant Leaves One Dead

An explosion at a nuclear waste processing plant in France has left one person dead and four others injured — one seriously. The French nuclear authority says the blast was contained within a furnace, and there is no leak of radioactive material. The plant, which lies about 25 miles north of Avignon, is not involved in electricity production and has no nuclear reactors.
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How One Mistake Can Leave Millions Without Power

San Diego's power company has restored power to all of its customers. Thursday afternoon, more than 4 million people in the Southwestern U.S. and parts of Mexico lost electricity. Arizona Public Service Company says the outage occurred after an electrical worker mistakenly removed a piece of monitoring equipment at a substation in southwest Arizona.
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Electric Grid Was Designed To Prevent Arizona Outage

But Thursday's power loss, which affected millions of customers in two states and Mexico, still happened — and it's not the first time a similar major blackout has occurred.
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Dominion, NRC Differ Over Va. Nuclear Plant Safety

Representatives of Dominion and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission met Thursday to discuss possible earthquake damage to their North Anna reactor and a timeline for turning it back on.

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Dominion Reps To Meet With Federal Regulators

The operators of the North Anna Nuclear plant in Virginia will meet with federal regulators this week to give the latest update on recovery after last month's earthquake.

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After Nuclear Mishap, Japan Debates Energy Future

The Japanese public is demanding that the country move away from nuclear power and toward renewable sources of energy. But it's a tall task for a country with few resources.
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New Oil Drilling Method Could Cause More Earthquakes

We may see more earthquakes in coming years, if oil companies begin a controversial drilling method in Virginia.

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