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First U.S. Nuclear Power Closures in 15 Years Signal Wider Problems for Industry

As the economics of building plants and maintaining old ones erode, some experts see little hope for an industry being touted by some as a climate savior.

By Elizabeth Douglass

A string of plant closures, project cancellations and other setbacks has raised new doubts about the future of nuclear power in the United States, but there’s disagreement about whether the retrenchment will be limited and temporary or the beginning of a broad and permanent decline.  

Renewed safety concerns and reinvigorated local opposition have played a role in the industry’s recent troubles. But the most potent foe—and the primary force behind the spate of closures and abandoned projects—is economic.

The industry’s run of bad news includes:

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via InsideClimate News

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