AUTHORFerguson, Charles D. / Settle, Frank A., Eds.
TITLEThe Future of Nuclear Power in the United States
PUBLISHERFederation of American Scientists
CITYWashington, D.C.
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This 142-page post-Fukushima report examines the future role of nuclear power for generating electricity in the United States. The report raises the question of whether nuclear power in the United States will undergo a revival in the current or next decade, but provides no definitive or consensus-based answers given the complicated set of factors involved. Chapters written by experts provide insights into the safety, security, construction, financing, regulating, and fueling of nuclear reactors. Additional chapters address the management of spent fuel, compare nuclear power with other energy sources, and assess the potential for new types of reactors. The report reviews the history of nuclear power and evaluates its assets and liabilities. The editors state that their goal is to educate policy makers and the public about the prospects for nuclear power in the U.S, where reactors are aging, the workforce is growing older, and new reactors are expensive relative to other sources of electricity.

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