11 May '11, 5am

Staying the Course, Post-Fukushima: The American nuclear industry insists it is still going strong -- although

Staying the Course, Post-Fukushima: The American nuclear industry insists it is still going strong -- although

Associated Press Plant Vogtle, near Augusta, Ga., is expected to gain a third and fourth reactor. The “renaissance” that the American nuclear industry has been talking about for almost 20 years looks a bit slow and small at the moment, with two of the four leading reactor candidates chosen for aid by the Department of Energy apparently having fizzled. But post-Fukushima , the industry contends that it is still going strong — although low demand for electricity and low prices for natural gas may get in the way. That was the argument advanced by Marvin S. Fertel, the chief executive of theNuclear Energy Institute , the industry’s main trade association, at a convention of hundreds of nuclear executives in Washington on Tuesday. Mr. Fertel ticked off some encouraging signs: While only one new reactor has been commissioned since 1990, the industry has added 6,000 megawatts of ...

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