Federal regulators are watching the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants in Ohio more closely after problems with backup systems surfaced at both sites within the last year.
Ohio environmental groups and the coal industry find themselves on the same side of a political fight over a fund meant to pay for the cleanup of abandoned coal mines.
Ohio’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant is scheduled to close within three years, but decommissioning could take up to 60 years, and after that a regulated radioactive fuel storage facility will remain on the site indefinitely. FirstEnergy’s generation subsidiaries announced plans to shut down Davis-Besse and two other nuclear plants three days before filing for bankruptcy in March. Dealing with radioactive fuel and waste, decontamination and demolition will take decades. Inspectors and analysts for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission outlined the process at a public meeting last month in nearby Port Clinton, Ohio. Officials with FirstEnergy Solutions and the Environmental Law & Policy Center also attended.
The bill drew criticism in latest hearings to change Ohio’s clean energy standards after they resumed last year.
An Ohio oil refining company is finding opportunities in a changing climate, but advocates say those scenarios may be overly optimistic.