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Intel Briefing – March 2012

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NRC approves first new nuclear plant since ‘78.
The nation’s first new nuclear power plant in a generation won approval February 9 as federal regulators voted to grant a license for two new reactors in Georgia. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) voted 4-1 to approve Atlanta- based Southern Co.’s request to build two nuclear reactors at its Vogtle site south of Augusta. The vote clears the way for officials to issue an operating license for the reactors, which could begin operating as soon as 2016 and 2017. The NRC last approved construction of a nuclear plant in 1978.

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Chrysler recalls police Chargers due to overheating.
Chrysler Group LLC recalled nearly 10,000 Dodge Charger police vehicles built in 2011 due to overheating issues that may lead to headlamp and brake failure. The recall affects 9,688 Chargers for the 2011 and 2012 model years. These problems could lead to a loss of visibility or braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posting. In some police cars, the low beam headlights may fail because of an overheated bulb harness connector. In other vehicles, the anti-lock brake and electronic stability system may stop working due to an overheated power distribution center. Chrysler will relocate the ABS/ESC fuse and replace the headlamp jumper harness. Chrysler said it is not aware of any accidents, injuries, or fires due to either condition.

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Tassimo recalls a million single cup coffee and tea brewer ‘T-discs’ due to burns, ruptures.
More than a million popular coffee makers are being recalled after dozens of reports of the brewers spraying hot liquid, coffee grounds, or tea leaves onto people, the Associated Press reported February 9. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said there have been 140 reports of problems with the Tassimo single-cup brewers dousing people, including 37 cases involving second-degree burns. In one incident, a girl was hospitalized with second-degree burns to her face and neck. CPSC said the coffee maker’s “T-disc,” the plastic disc that holds the coffee or tea, can burst while brewing. About 835,000 coffee makers are on recall in the United States; another 900,000 in Canada. The agency also announced the recall of 4 million packages of Tassimo espresso T-discs after 21 reports of problems.

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