Steam generator repairs, replacements and impending facility derating have been a bane to nuclear facilities as age compounds generator weaknesses, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sees no end to these problems. Steam generator problems contributed to the premature shutdown of several nuclear units, and additional premature shutdowns are not out of the question, although improved maintenance methods now make it possible to extend generator life for longer periods, according to the Energy In

&#165Appalachian Power Co. and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation are teaming up to conserve landfill space and save the state approximately $500,000 in the next five years. Appalachian will donate bottom ash from its Glen Lyn, Va., plant to resurface the New River Trail state park`s 57-mile recreational trail. The ash is nearly identical to the cinder base already on the trail.