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Challenging Nuclear Power in the States: Policy and Organizing Tools for Slowing the "Nuclear Renaissance"

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Publication Date: April 2006

Author(s): Tony Dutzik; Rob Sargent

Funder(s): U.S. Public Interest Research Group

Funder(s): U.S. Public Interest Research Group

Topic: Energy (Nuclear power)

Keywords: nuclear power; electricity generation

Type: Report


For the first time in more than three decades, there are viable proposals to build new nuclear power plants in the United States. Given the nuclear industry's history of cost overruns and safety problems, Americans need a strong watchdog to protect their interests. Unfortunately, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has a poor track record of ensuring nuclear safety and federal law proscribes states from adopting their own regulations to protect the public. Challenging Nuclear Power in the States describes a series of policy and regulatory tools that citizens and advocates can use to challenge the expansion of nuclear power in the United States.