Though the views on nuclear power vary across the world, the topic is always an interesting point of debate. With the changes in regulations since the events at the Fukushima plant following the tsunami in Japan in 2010, the anticipated nuclear renaissance has taken a backseat while current reactors begin working to instate the new guidelines. The LNG boom has put additional pressure on the utilities, with plants such as Kewaunee Station in Wisconsin deciding to close its doors and Germany outlawing the energy source as a reaction to Fukushima. Meanwhile, plants in the southern United States have moved forward with new build approvals and continued license extensions and China is significantly more active in the nuclear sector. As with many energy sources, nuclear power has been subject to scrutiny, but the industry still continues to thrive in much of the U.S. and many believe it to be a significant “clean” energy solution with a promising future.
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