New Plants on the Horizon?

Protecting the nation's nuclear power reactors from attack may be a daunting challenge. But within the next decade, terrorists could have even more such targets in their sights. If the suddenly resurgent industry can convince wary investors that times have changed, the first new generation of nuclear plants launched in almost three decades could be running within 10 years.

More than a quarter-century after the Three Mile Island accident seemed to have sealed its fate, nuclear power has "a head of steam now that it hasn't had before," says Andrew White, head of General Electric's nuclear-energy business. Concerns about global...

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