Nuclear America

Dozens of new plants could soon go up as the country deals with the twin challenges of producing more power and cutting greenhouse gases. But questions linger over their cost, safety, and what to do with the waste.
By Steve Hargreaves and Olivia Zaleski

Nuclear renaissance -- not dead yet
The industry is poised to get billions in federal help, but some say that's a bad idea.  more
Nuclear waste looks for a home
Spent fuel rods are piling up at temporary sites while the government debates where to store the waste long term. more
Nuclear waste: Coming to a town near you?
The nuclear industry could be on the verge of a major expansion just as the government cancels a plan to store the waste. Where's it going to go? more
Nukes up close
South Texas could see the first new nuclear power plant built in the country in 30 years. Most locals love it, but nationwide some are questioning the so-called nuclear renaissance. more
NRG CEO: 'US needs nuclear'
David Crane explains how his company is working to build the first new nuclear power plants in the US in 30 years. more
Living with nuclear power
Bay City, Texas, residents speak about the opportunities and potential hazards of having a nuclear plant in their town.  more
Nuclear renaissance -- not dead yet
Most residents like Sally Delk love the clean power and high paying jobs of nuclear power. But some fear the potential dangers are being ignored. more
The threat of nuclear meltdown
The government says nuclear power is safe, but others say an airplane hit or frontal assault would be big trouble. more
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