Nuclear Energy

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Prairie Island nuclear security supervisor pulls Homer Simpson, gets busted faking drug test

    In a move worthy of Homer Simpson, a security supervisor at Xcel Energy's Prairie Island nuclear power plant was fired after he was caught faking a drug test urine sample.Homer certainly would've tested positive for Duff, but the Prairie Island worker was probably trying to hide the fact he had been ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Forecast in St. Paul: Radioactive rain

    TopatoMaybe Blinky makes a guest appearance in the Mississippi this summer?​Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency say it's raining radiation in St. Paul as a result of the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. The readings show elevated levels of radioactive iodine-131 i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    New nukes for Minnesota?

    TVAMonty Burns is looking to expand his operation.​For a while there, Minnesota was vying to take the lead in pioneering the use of renewable energy. This week, the new Republican legislature will try to push is in a different direction: building more nuclear plants.Minnesota already has two nucle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    American Indian group blasts Obama on nuclear waste issue

    The Prairie Island Indian Community near Red Wing is concerned that the federal government's about-face on Yucca Mountain means the nuclear waste storage site 600 yards from their land isn't going anywhere soon.

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Senate votes to lift ban on nuclear power

    State legislators took steps yesterday to lift a 15-year ban on the development of nuclear power plants in Minnesota. Now it's up to the House to decide.

  • News

    October 1, 2008
  • News

    September 24, 2008

    Homer Simpson Gets Clipped

    After City Pages exposes a local nuclear power plant operator with a fake diploma, his bosses reluctantly give him the ax

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2008

    Diploma-buying control room worker's employer: "No comment"

    Homer.jpgWhile we don't pretend to have extensive training in the dark art of public relations, and at risk of sounding like a broken record, we have to say that this strikes us as fairly stupid.

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2008

    Former Minnesota nuclear power plant employee outed as diploma-buying fraudster

    Homer.jpgHappily for us--but less so for our cheese-loving neighbors to the east--the man who reportedly bought bogus degrees in nuclear engineering and accounting has found a new job. At a Wisconsin nuclear po ... More >>

  • News

    July 23, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 12, 2006

    D'oh! A nuclear blunder and a one-day story

    Last week, Michael Keegan, an anti-nuclear activist out of Indiana, was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2005

    Friday 3/17 news cruise

    FRIDAY MORNING NEWS CRUISE: WAL-MART NO, WOLFIE YES, AND THE SHOCKING DETAILS OF THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY MASSACRE In the Strib: The town of Ham Lake says no to Wal-Mart; Northwest Airlines to trim fleet and cut 900 jobs; St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly is not a very nice man; CJ reveals that "Joe Milliona ... More >>

  • News

    May 12, 2004

    Nuke 'Em!

    Xcel energy spearheads a high-stakes plan to store nuclear waste on a tiny, dirt-poor Indian reservation in the Utah desert

  • News

    April 23, 2003

    Death by DU

    Depleted uranium: A deadly tool in the U.S. arsenal

  • News

    December 18, 2002

    Made to Be Broken

    Xcel comes begging for more nuclear waste storage

  • Books

    May 29, 2002

    Burns Loves Quimby

    Why is the nuclear-power industry courting Norm Coleman?

  • Books

    October 17, 2001

    Nuclear Freeze

    Terrorism puts industry self-regulation on ice

  • Books

    June 21, 2000

    Megawatts and Margins

    NSP hands the keys for its Minnesota reactors to a holding company. Is this part of a dangerous chain reaction in the nuclear power industry?

  • News

    March 12, 1997

    Power Play: The Biggest Game in Town

    The little-noted push to deregulate utilities will drive up rates and jeopardize service--not to mention

  • Feature

    January 22, 1997
  • News

    January 8, 1997

    The Gubernatorial Gang

    Minnesota pols never stand so tall as when they loom over black youths.

  • News

    June 12, 1996


    When a group of activists gained access to private papers from NSP's lawsuit against Westinghouse, they got a rare look at one of the nuclear industry's most serious problems.

  • News

    November 29, 1995