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Xcel's license to operate the nuclear power plant in Monticello has been extended.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday gave Xcel Energy permission to operate its Monticello nuclear power plant for 20 years past its original license expiration in 2010.

The plant now is cleared to stay in business until Sept. 8, 2030.

The article gives a number of details about recertification process and concerns of some regarding the safety of nuclear power facilities.

My opinion: ain't nothing safe 'bout nothing. Nuclear power certainly is dangerous, but you don't see me working a coal mine either.