NUCLEAR POWER: Fresh Start, Or Last Gasp?

Fresh Start, Or Last Gasp?

New Hampshire's Seabrook plant has produced some of the nuclear power industry's fiercest battles, leading to more than 2,500 arrests of protesters since the mid-1970s and to repeated announcements of its demise. Yet like the phoenix, the nuclear plant has a way of rising again. Last week the Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 3 to 0 to give the station a license to operate at full power. Plant officials praised the decision as a "triumph of reason." They predicted that the reactor, now eleven years overdue for its start-up and carrying a price tag of $6.4 billion, more than six times its...

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