EPA to update nuclear power plant emissions standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it will update radiation standards for nuclear power plants.

According to The Hill, the proposed standards have not been updated since the 1970s. They would set new limits on how much radiation a nuclear power plant can emit during normal operations. The new rule may also include provisions that would protect against groundwater contamination.

EPA said in the article that it wanted to update the rules due to increasing concerns about greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fueled power plants that have led to a renewed interest in nuclear.

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