Energy: Nukes: Not Nice, but Necessary

The crippling legacy of the accident at Three Mile Island

For American nuclear power development, it has been the worst of times. Though the U.S. still draws about 12% of its electricity from 70 atomic plants, 15 other nuclear facilities were canceled after last year's accident at Three Mile Island, and no new reactors have been ordered in two years. Meanwhile, antinuclear lawsuits and Government regulations have pushed the startup time for a new plant to as long as 15 years. Costs have increased accordingly.

Development of nuclear power has come to a virtual standstill...

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