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CPS Energy failed to tell public true nuke estimate

Nice scoop by Anton Caputo and Tracy Idell Hamilton: CPS Energy knew a year ago that contractor Toshiba Inc. wanted at least $4 billion more than San Antonio was willing to pay for the nuclear expansion, according to several sources close to the deal. Despite this, utility officials used a much lower figure as they … Read more

Small-town newspaper keeps tabs on South Texas Project nuclear plant

The San Antonio Express-News has been delving into many story angles about the proposed expansion of the South Texas Project nuclear plant near Bay City. CPS Energy wants to invest more than $5 billion for two new reactors, which has touched off a heated debate in San Antonio. For today’s story about nuclear safety, I … Read more

New links: Water, nuclear energy and $400 million at stake

More food for thought about the South Texas Project nuclear plant, which has applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build two new reactors: Express-News Reporter Tracy Idell Hamilton revealed Sunday the city could be on the hook for $400 million in bonds — even if San Antonio’s CPS Energy does not invest in the … Read more

How two newspapers teamed up to cover a nuclear plant

As South Texas deals with a seemingly never-ending drought, San Antonio Express-News Environmental Reporter Anton Caputo teamed up with Austin American-Statesman Reporter Asher Price for this story about the water supply that cools nuclear reactors at the South Texas Project in Matagorda County. The utility companies of both cities own a stake in STP, which … Read more

Tracking the safety record of a nuclear plant

As CPS Energy seeks to invest in an expansion of the South Texas Project nuclear plant, the San Antonio Express-News set up a timeline of the plant’s history and safety record. You can check out what we’ve found so far, and also submit information in an online forum. We’ll plug relevant events into the chronology. … Read more