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Nuclear power provides 20 percent of electricity in the United States and is essentially carbon free. The US has 99 operating nuclear power reactors and two new units are under construction in Georgia. However, the US nuclear industry currently faces important challenges. Some nuclear plants are being shut down because of changing economics from low cost natural gas and energy policies.
Recently, Westinghouse, a leader in the industry, entered bankruptcy and two reactors that were under construction in South Carolina have been abandoned because of cost overruns. The US still has not solved the problem of long term storage of high level nuclear waste. An interesting possibility for the future is the development of advanced nuclear reactors that would be smaller, safer and cheaper to build. These and other issues will be discussed by our speaker, Matthew Crozat, Senior Director, Policy Development, Nuclear Energy Institute.
Event is Open to the Public
Rome Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036