How Many Lives Does Nuclear Energy Have? via Forbes

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early a year ago, the world fixated on Japan, watching as mammoth waves washed ashore and obliterated everything in their path — including a nuclear power facility. A stunned audience sat stupefied while many of Japan’s citizens saw their lives literally fall into ruins.

If you thought that the earthquake and tsunami combo would wipe out nuclear power, however, you were wrong. In the past week, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has given its formal approval to Southern Co.to build two new reactors on one of its existing sites where two other units now sit.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu called the decision to construct 2,000 new megawatts of nuclear power the start of “America’s nuclear resurgence,” and one that has seen no new construction since 1978. “We’d like to see more built but that ultimately depends on each area of the country and what the investors and utility companies want to do, and what the regulatory (agencies) want to do.”

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