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In U.S., nuclear energy loses momentum amid economic head winds, safety issues

Fishermen beside the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant in north San Diego County in 2011.

Fishermen beside the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant in north San Diego County in 2011.

WASHINGTON D.C. — “Two years after the tsunami that crippled Japan’s Fukushima power complex, the U.S. nuclear industry is facing fundamental and far-reaching challenges to its own future.

Only five years ago, industry executives and leading politicians were talking about an American nuclear renaissance, hoping to add 20 or more reactors to the 104-unit U.S. nuclear fleet.

But today those companies are holding back in the face of falling natural gas prices and sluggish and uncertain electricity demand. Only five new plants are under construction, while at least that many are slated for permanent closure or shut down indefinitely over safety issues.”

— Steven Mufson, The Washington Post

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