Nuclear power plant construction
We now have 65 commercial nuclear power plants in 31 states operating 104 reactors. There are also another 15 permanently shut reactors that house spent fuel. Our largest facility is Arizona's Palo Verde power plant. It operates 3 pressure water reactors and consumes nearly 5 million pounds of uranium each year. Nuclear power plants provide about 20% of our electricity even though none have been built in more than 30 years due to concerns over safety and waste disposal. Even so, about half a dozen new plants with 24 reactors had been planned to come online by 2020. However, the construction of these plants has been threatened by competition from now-abundant natural gas. Nuclear power plant supporters say these facilities produce electricity that is cheaper and cleaner than fossil-fueled power plants. Critics claim nuclear-produced power is not more inexpensive if plant construction and decommissioning costs are considered. They say the cost of quarantining and abandoning large tracks of land contaminated by radioactive fallout has not been factored into these costs. They warn there is no fail-safe way to store or dispose of waste materials which remain deadly for hundreds and thousands of years. They also warn most of our aging nuclear reactors now need to be replaced or decommissioned since they become more dangerous as they grow older.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.1972 - Nuclear Power Licensing Reform Act of 2015
S.964 - Nuclear Plant Decommissioning Act of 2015

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