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Nuclear energy loses momentum in U.S. amid economic head winds, safety issues

Oklahoman Published: March 13, 2013

Two years after the Fukushima crisis, the American atomic power industry faces major challenges of its own, the Washington Post reports.
Only five years ago, industry executives and leading politicians were talking about an American nuclear renaissance, hoping to add 20 or more reactors to the 104-unit U.S. nuclear fleet.

But today those companies are holding back in the face of falling natural gas prices and sluggish and uncertain electricity demand. Only five new plants are under construction, while at least that many are slated for permanent closure or shut down indefinitely over safety issues.

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