Drought Could Close Nuclear Plants

Nuclear reactors across the Southeast could temporarily shut down later this year because drought conditions are drying up rivers and lakes. These areas of water supply power plants with the cooling water they need to operate. Power bills could go much higher because the region's utility companies could be forced to buy expensive replacement power from other energy companies. The yearlong dry spell has lowered water levels on rivers and lakes to minimums set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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