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The Nation

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission unanimously approved full-power operation of the first reactor in what will be the nation’s largest nuclear power plant. The Palo Verde plant is 50 miles west of Phoenix. The first unit is coming in two years behind schedule from the 1976 ground-breaking and, at $5.9 billion, a little over double the cost projected in 1974. This is about 15% below the average of plants completed in the 1980s.


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