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Wisconsin's nuclear reactors are safe


KEWAUNEE, Wis. (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's nuclear reactors are safe, according to the state's nuclear power plant operators. 

The tragedy in Japan has prompted officials to re-evaluate all safety measures in place at Wisconsin's nuclear plants.

Officials say that the Kewaunee and Point Beach power plants are about the same age as the distressed reactors in Japan. But Wisconsin's plants are designed differently. Instead of using boiling water to generate power, the state's plants use pressurized water reactors.

The state did have a boiling water reactor in La Crosse until 1987, when it was decommissioned. 

Managers of both the Kewaunee and Point Beach plants are working closely with the surrounding community to ensure citizens are aware of emergency plans in place.

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