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Contract agreement reached between owners and workers at NY's Indian Point nuke plant

RYE BROOK, N.Y. - The owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant says a contract agreement has been reached with its largest union, avoiding a strike or lockout. Entergy Nuclear and Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers of America reached a tentative agreement early Saturday. The union's contract was to expire at midnight Friday, but that deadline was suspended amid the talks.

No injuries reported at U.S. nuclear plant fire

HOUSTON, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- A fire broke out at a nuclear power plant in the U.S. state of Arkansas on Monday, but did not cause any injuries or pose a threat to public safety, local media reported. The fire erupted Monday morning at the Arkansas Nuclear One (ANO) power plant, located near Russellville in west Arkansas, and is believed to have been caused by a malfunctioning auxiliary transformer at the plant's Unit Two, website Arkansasonline.com reported.

Entergy: Fire contained, no risk to public after blaze at Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - A transformer caught fire at a nuclear power plant in Arkansas on Monday, forcing utility officials to take one of two units at the facility offline. The fire was in a non-nuclear portion of the Arkansas Nuclear One plant operated by Entergy Corp. No injuries were reported and there was no threat to public safety, the company said. The London Volunteer Fire Department said the blaze was under control by midmorning Monday. Plant spokeswoman Donna Gregory said the fire was extinguished at 9:17 a.m.

Entergy Arkansas nuclear reactor offline after transformer fire

(Reuters) - U.S. power company Entergy Corp said on Monday a 989-megawatt Unit 2 at its Arkansas nuclear power plant is offline after a transformer fire earlier this morning. Mike Bowling, a spokesman at Entergy, said there were no injuries and there was no harm to the workers, the public or the environment. The fire was on the non-nuclear side of the plant, he added.

NY OKs power lines to cut reliance on Indian Point reactors

By Scott DiSavino (Reuters) - New York utility regulators on Thursday approved construction of more than $500 million worth of new power lines in the state to maintain reliability of the grid if the Indian Point nuclear power plant shuts at the end of 2015. The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) staff said the proposed lines, which will allow more power from elsewhere in the state and region to reach the New York City area, would benefit customers whether or not Indian Point is shut.

Entergy to resubmit stalled ITC Holdings grid sale plan in Texas

By Eileen O'Grady HOUSTON (Reuters) - Entergy Corp <ETR.N> will soon resubmit a plan to transfer its electric transmission assets to ITC Holdings <ITC.N> to Texas regulators for a second look, company officials said Friday. Last month, the $1.78 billion proposal faced certain rejection by the Texas Public Utility Commission and was withdrawn by Entergy Texas and ITC officials.

U.S. nuclear agency seeks input to resume Yucca Mountain review

HOUSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Friday said it will seek comments on how to restart the licensing process for the long-stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project. The request is the agency's first response to a federal appeals court order issued August 13 that said the NRC can no longer delay a decision on whether to issue a permit for the project that would bury nuclear waste inside Yucca Mountain in the Nevada desert about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Troubled US nuclear plant to shut down over costs

A 40-year-old nuclear plant in Vermont will shut down next year due to the high costs of competing with cheap natural gas, the company said Tuesday. Entergy Corporation said the Vermont Yankee plant, which employed some 600 people and was licensed to operate until 2032, will be decommissioned after its current fuel cycle ends. "This was an agonizing decision and an extremely tough call for us," said Leo Denault, Entergy's chairman and chief executive officer. "We have reluctantly concluded that it is the appropriate action for us to take under the circumstances."

Federal agency approves Entergy grid transfer to ITC Holdings

(Reuters) - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday approved Entergy Corp's <ETR.N> $1.78 billion plan to spin off and then merge its electric transmission business with ITC Holdings Corp <ITC.N>. FERC said in a statement that the transfer of assets is consistent with the public interest and meets the commission's merger policy.

1 dead, 3 injured in Arkansas nuclear site accident

A worker was killed and three others were injured Sunday during an industrial accident at a US nuclear power plant that did not release any nuclear material, officials and operators said. Part of a generator fell as it was being moved out of the turbine building at Entergy Operations Inc's Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville, the company said in a statement. "There is no danger to the public," it added.
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