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An expected nuclear renaissance has failed to materialize as plans for new plants are scrapped or delayed. What happened?
Thirty years after Three Mile Island, nuclear is still too risky. But now the risks have shifted from physical to financial.
A traveling-wave reactor could use widely available depleted uranium and operate for 60 years without refueling.
The U.S. Energy Department’s fuel-recycling initiative could be a distraction from a more achievable goal: reviving today’s nuclear industry and averting some carbon emissions in the short term.
Storing nuclear waste underground at Yucca Mountain for 100,000 years is a terrible idea. A better approach may be to buy some time–until new containment technologies mature.