Xcel plans safety upgrades at PI plant
Published 03/10/2012, Pierce County Herald
-- Almost exactly one year ago, a major earthquake and subsequent tsunamis caused major damage to one of Japan’s nuclear plants. The issues discovered at the plant in the following days and weeks have prompted U.S. plants and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to find ways to make their plants safer and better prepared for emergencies. Xcel Energy is working on upgrades to its Prairie Island and Monticello plants in light of NRC task force recommendations and its own analysis, said Terry Pickens, Xcel Energy’s director of nuclear regulatory policy.