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FEMA To Monitor Nuclear Drills At Virginia Plant

Virginia emergency personnel and Dominion will respond to a simulated nuclear emergency this week at the North Anna Power Station.

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Gridlock: Storms, Blackouts Expose Power Problems

Even before last weekend's storms killed at least 26 people and knocked out power to 3 million, engineers were worried about the nation's power grid. The American Society of Civil Engineers says unless $673 billion is invested in the grid, it could break down by 2020.
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Report: Fukushima Disaster Was A Man-Made Crisis

A panel of experts says the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan was a "man-made" crisis which could have been prevented. The panel said Thursday that "collusion" between the government, industry regulators and the plant operator turned the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami into one of the world's worst nuclear disasters.
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Maryland PSC Reserves Judgment On Pepco Response

The head of the Maryland Public Service Commission is withholding judgment of Pepco's response to the damage caused by last Friday's storm, saying they will wait power is restored for all customers.

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Cheh Calls For Formal Probe Into Pepco Response

Dissatisfaction with Pepco's response to last Friday's storm has sparked one D.C. Council member to call for a formal probe with subpoena powers against the embattled utility.

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Leggett: Pepco Needs To Be More Proactive About Tree Trimming

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett says Pepco should have taken the unpopular step of aggressively trimming trees around its power lines to prevent the kind of outages the area has seen in the last week.

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Pepco Lobbyists Visited D.C. Officials Almost 100 Times In 2011

D.C. officials may be taking this most recent swath of power outage as an opportunity to beat up on Pepco, but in reality, the utility has spent a lot of money and political capital on close relationships with District lawmakers. 

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Mayor Gray On Pepco: 'We Need A Game Changer'

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray added his to the cacophany of voices calling for Pepco to do a better job with power outages. He even floated the idea of burying power lines underground.

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