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Too early to tell whether Japanese nuclear issues will affect Texas production

By ALLISON MILES
March 14, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Updated March 13, 2011 at 10:14 p.m.


It's too early to determine whether issues at Japanese plants will affect nuclear power in the Crossroads, industry professionals said.

Exelon Nuclear does not react in a knee-jerk fashion to such instances, said Craig Nesbit, Exelon's director of communication. Any such decision wouldn't come until later.

The company announced plans to consider building a Victoria County nuclear plant, but has not yet made a decision.

"It's just hard to say," he said of Japan's effects Monday afternoon. "We're always evaluating what we're doing based on whatever circumstances - usually market and certain business circumstances - exist."

Buddy Eller, a spokesman with STP Nuclear in Bay City, agreed, adding the company's thoughts and prayers go out to the people in Japan.

"It's a devastating tragedy for the country," he said, noting Japanese plants have managed to contain the facilities so dangerous radiation levels did not reach the public. "We have a lot of friends and colleagues there. We stand ready to assist any way we can."

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