KEWAUNEE, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's two nuclear power plants will be under less scrutiny from federal regulators because of improved safety grades.
The two-reactor Point Beach plant and single-reactor Kewaunee plant drew extra attention from regulators earlier in the decade because of spotty safety records. Operating under new ownership, the plants have improved those safety grades.
The plants will get a safety review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during the next six months, as will all U.S. nuclear plants because of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The Journal Sentinel says the plants generate nearly one-fifth of Wisconsin's electricity. Plant operators say the facilities are designed to withstand extreme natural events, such as tornadoes, flooding and earthquakes.
The Journal Sentinel report can be found at: http://bit.ly/hFAHZL
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com
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