An Industry Still in Disarray

Four years after the big scare, nuclear power remains troubled

From the very beginning, the U.S. nuclear-power industry has suffered one setback after another. Electricity was produced from the atom for the first time in December 1951 at Experimental Breeder Reactor 1, a station near Arco, Idaho. Typically even for then, the switch was thrown several months behind schedule. Nonetheless the dream of the day was that nuclear-generated electricity was not far off and that when it arrived, it would be "too cheap to meter."

Last week, nearly a third of a century after...

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