Despite the accident last year at a nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan, here in the United States, some policymakers are pushing to expand nuclear energy as a source of abundant carbon-free electricity. Work has started on four new multi-billion dollar reactors in Georgia and South Carolina, the first to begin construction in the United States in more than 30 years. But observers disagree over exactly what this means. “Today, we don’t know if there is a nuclear renaissance,” said Berkeley Lab’s Per Peterson. “That will depend on whether these new plants that are under construction now can be built on schedule, on budget, at a reasonable cost.” Read more: KQED.
Source: Today at Berkeley Lab