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Intel Briefing – January 2012

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More issues found at Neb. nuke plant.

Several new problems were found at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, federal regulators said December 13, so inspectors will be watching the plant even more closely as repairs from flooding are made. The tougher oversight will likely further delay its restart from early next year until the spring as it makes repairs from summer flooding. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said none of the new issues represents a public safety threat, but the increasing problems, combined with the prolonged shutdown, require more scrutiny. The plant has been shut down since April, when it was being refueled.

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Texas drillers must disclose fracking chemicals.

Oil and natural gas drillers in Texas will be required to report the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing effective February 1. The Texas Railroad Commission approved the new rule December 13 and said companies will also be required to disclose the amount of water they use. Drillers will be required to report all information to the public Web site FracFocus.org. However, if a chemical is deemed a trade secret it does not have to be listed, unless the Texas attorney general or a court determines otherwise.

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