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New Study Shows New Nuclear Power Outlook Unlikely in the Northwest

RICHLAND, Wash.- Talk of nuclear expansion at Hanford, but a new study shows the chances of a new nuclear power plant in the Northwest are low, that's according to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

Just Tuesday, hundreds turned out for a meeting on the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership.

The proposal would bring more nuclear to Hanford.

Wednesday, one local resident says it wouldn't bother him to have more right in his backyard.

Just seven miles from Ted Hunter's house is the Columbia Generating Station.

Ted grew up in the Tri-Cities, his dad even worked at Hanford for 37 years, and talk of nuclear power doesn't bother him, but only if it's safe.

People opposed to nuclear power say there are other options, like wind, solar and water; and there's already talk of tearing down dams to accommodate wildlife.

So is more nuclear power a safe, reliable option for the northwest?

There have only been three incidents at nuclear power plants in the U.S. in the last 14 years.  No radioactivity was released in any of them.

For now, Ted Hunter will continue to clean up his front yard, ever mindful of his back yard.

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