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Nuclear Power Plant in Kansas Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Associated Press - September 9, 2015 4:39 pm

The Wolf Creek nuclear power plant in Kansas has celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The Wolf Creek nuclear power plant in Kansas has celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that it comes at a time when environmental groups say attitudes have softened toward the use of nuclear plants because of more immediate concerns over climate change they say is related to the use of coal.

The Wolf Creek plant began commercial operation in 1985 and was a focal point in a debate over the safety and costs of nuclear energy following a major accident at a nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania.

As a result, few plants have been built since Wolf Creek. The most recent was a plant in Tennessee, which opened in 1996.

Wolf Creek was initially licensed to operate for 40 years, but it has received a 20-year extension.

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