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Wolf Creek status merits more oversight

The Wolf Creek nuclear power plant near Burlington got a bad report card Friday.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced that because an electrical short caused an unplanned shutdown last January, the plant will face increased federal oversight. There will be more inspections, which the plant operators will pay for.
Increased oversight might have prevented the problem, which happened because electrical wires were improperly connected by electrical workers in April 2011.
The safety status of nuclear plants in the United States is ranked in five categories. According to an Associated Press report, 62 of our 104 nuclear plants qualify ...

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