Russia's Balakovo nuclear power plant (file photo) (official site)
January 30, 2007 -- A reactor at Russia's Balakovo nuclear power plant has been shut down due to an unspecified technical problem.
The Emergency Situations Ministry said that radiation levels are normal in and around the plant, which is near the city of Saratov in the Volga River region.
Russia has 31 nuclear reactors at 10 plants, and President Vladimir Putin has backed plans to build another 11 reactors by 2030.
Nuclear Power's Resurgence
Nuclear-fuel pellets being produced in Kazakhstan (TASS)
LOOKING FOR ALTERNATIVES. Despite warnings from scientists, the world seems unable to stem its insatiable appetite for fossil fuels, which are producing the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. And emissions are set to rise dramatically in the next few years. Is it time for the environmental movement to drop its opposition to nuclear power? (more)