Nuclear opponents in Texas seize on Japan crisis

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) - Opponents of a proposed Texas nuclear power plant are urging federal regulators to consider Japan's emergency efforts to avert a nuclear meltdown.

The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board on Wednesday began a 2-day hearing in Victoria. Chicago-based Exelon Corp. is in the preliminary stages of trying to acquire permitting for a proposed nuclear plant in Victoria County.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission scheduled the hearing before last week's earthquake in Japan crippled nuclear reactors and caused radiation levels to soar.

The group Texans for a Sound Energy Policy wants federal regulators to halt the permit application. It planned to tell the panel that "everyone should be sobered" by the events in Japan.