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Dominion wants nuclear safety exemptions for Kewaunee plant

Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) is seeking an exemption to federal nuclear safety rules the company says are “outdated and overly conservative.”

According to The Associated Press, the regulations say an emergency protection zone up to 50 miles around the Kewaunee nuclear power plant in Wisconsin must be maintained. But a spokesperson at the plant said in the article that the rule “overstates the possible dangers” and does not apply to their situation.

Three other nuclear plants that are shutting down in California, Vermont and Florida have also made the request. However, five U.S. senators say in the article that those requests should be denied due to potential risks like terrorist attacks that could lead to radiological contamination.

Kewaunee shut down in May 2013, and the spent fuel rods will be placed in offsite storage in 2016, the article said.

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