Today when you look at a nuclear unit, say one that is 30 years old, the truth is that the material condition is better today than it was 20 years ago. We have systematically improved the equipment that is there. If a unit continues to spend 20 million a year in upgrades, why can't you just keep going? Or, what components would be so costly to change out that you would consider shutting the whole thing down? We have replaced turbines in every nuclear plant.
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