Posted: Mar 19, 2014 2:39 PM by Meg McLeod, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Apr 29, 2014 9:42 AM
FULTON - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held a public meeting Wednesday afternoon to address renewing the Callaway nuclear reactor's license.
The NRC said it reviewed the reactor and believes it is safe to operate. The Missouri Coalition for the Environment disagrees. It contends the NRC should re-evaluate the plant in regards to its fire risk. Ed Smith, safe energy director for the MCE, said even a small fire in the spent fuel pool at the plant could have catastrophic results.
"Well our concern with the environmental report we're talking about today is that it doesn't fully address the risk of spent nuclear fuel pool fires," Smith said.
Smith told KOMU 8 News without further evaluation, a fire at the plant could result in the same consequences as previous nuclear disasters.
"The concern is about radioactive material entering the human environment," Smith said. "We've seen what's happened in Chernobyl and Fukushima both in health issues and the permanent displacement of tens of thousands of people. That's something we don't want to see happen here."
Despite Smith's worries, Lara Uselding, an NRC spokesperson, said the plant's current spent fuel storage method is safe based on previous NRC research.
"It has determined it is safe to store spent fuel in pools at the site and that there would be no risk to the public health or the environment," Uselding said.
Ameren operates the plant and insists the Callaway nuclear plant impacts the environment less than any other alternative energy source for the amount of power needed.
Smith would like the NRC to review the Callaway plant's spent fuel pools' safety before renewing its license to operate for the next 20 years.
Posted 1:34 PM 12/1/2015 by The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease has been found at a hotel in a popular tourist town, and health officials say one of three people who became ill after staying there died.
Missouri health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (More)
Posted 7:52 PM 11/30/2015 by Rose Schmidt and Katie Pylipow, KOMU 8 Digital Producers
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department released new details Tuesday regarding a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.
Detective Dal Hedges said 33-year-old Markus Berry was taken to the hospital and treated for multiple injuries. Police said Tuesday Berry was in stable (More)
Posted 8:06 AM 12/1/2015 by Louie Kaczmarek, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY – Pre-filing began Tuesday for the 2016 legislative session and state representatives already have a plan in mind for the new year.
Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Fulton said lawmakers will be focusing bills on infrastructure, ethics reform and school funding.(More)
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Posted 5:44 AM 12/1/2015 by Zachary Reger, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
PHELPS COUNTY - A woman was hit and killed by a passing vehicle Monday night near I-44 in Phelps County.
Miya Goetz, 21, was a passenger in a stopped vehicle on the westbound side of the highway, according to an (More)
Posted 4:36 AM 12/1/2015 by The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Monsanto Co. plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021.
A key component of Monsanto's plan calls for working with the thousands of farmers who use its seeds, herbicides and pesticides. The company is developing an incentives program to encourage (More)
Posted 11:05 PM 11/30/2015 by Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested a woman on several charges after she hit multiple vehicles, sending two people to the hospital.
The department arrested Deborah Barr, 51, from Columbia on two counts of assault, assaulting a law enforcement officer, leaving (More)
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Posted 1:08 PM 11/30/2015 by Derek Brizendine, KOMU 8 Reporter
CENTRALIA - The City of Centralia hopes expanding its electrical system will help bring growth to more parts of town.
Boring for the first of three new underground electrical conduits began Monday. The conduits will run under the two rail lines in the city and widen (More)
Posted 5:36 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press and Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Missouri's health department from revoking the abortion license held by a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia.
The temporary restraining order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey is set to (More)