Duke Energy to close troubled Fla. nuclear plant

“The nuclear plant operated by Duke Energy’s subsidiary Progress Energy Florida has been shut down since 2009, when its concrete containment building cracked during a maintenance and upgrade project. A 2011 repair attempt resulted in new cracks in other parts of the containment structure.”

“Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy said Tuesday it will close its Crystal River Nuclear Plant north of Tampa, starting a process that may take 60 years before the site is decontaminated and dismantled. The company said it is considering whether to build a new, natural-gas-fueled power plant to replace the power lost by closing the nuclear plant.” [Associated Press]