The Extended Nuclear Family

While the Reagan Administration attempts to mend America's nuclear-power industry, such extensive repairs are not as yet necessary in other countries. From South Korea (one reactor) to the Soviet Union (23 reactors), the world is still looking more or less confidently to the atom for its electric power. Outside the U.S., 21 countries now have a total of 182 atomic-powered generating plants in operation, and another 138 plants are under construction.

The most advanced nuclear-energy program is in France, where 22 reactors now produce more than 30% of the country's electric power, the highest...

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