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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gov’t Report: US Nuclear Reactors Face ‘Doom And Gloom’ Scenario

America’s fleet of nuclear reactors is rapidly aging, posing a serious problem for the country, according to a Friday report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA.)

EIA’s report notes that nearly all nuclear plants in the U.S. started operating between 1970 and 1990. This means they’re aging fast and will need to renew their original 40-year operating licenses before 2050. Most of these reactors are only designed to function for a maximum of 60 years and the U.S. isn’t building new ones fast enough.

“The U.S. nuclear energy fleet and American global market leadership is clearly at cliff’s edge without new capacity given the current trajectory of premature plant closings and likely licensing-related plant retirements.,” David Blee, executive director of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (NIC), told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

There wasn't a new plant built between 1979 and 2013. Still, with 99 plants online now and four more under construction, the U.S. has the largest nuclear power production in the world.

Anonymous said...

There wasn't a new plant built between 1979 and 2013

...and we all have limp noodle Jimmy Carter to thank for that. There are newer models that are infinitely more efficient, and can even dispose of much of their own waste. But, nope, liberals ruined that for all of us, too.

Anonymous said...

Also a side note. For crabbers who set pots anywhere downstream from one of these plants, there is something in the water that causes the stainless steel staples on them to rust!