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LIFTING BANS ON NUKE POWER PLANTS?

The nuclear power plant in Braidwood, Illinois, was started up just after the state banned new nuclear power construction. For its entire history, it's been operating without a permanent home for its spent nuclear fuel. (Photo by Shawn Allee)

There's been plenty of buzz about dozens of proposed nuclear power reactors in the US. Well, Wall Street's financial mess is making power companies scramble to find all the investment money for them. But, in twelve states, it won't matter whether power companies have cash in hand or not; it's illegal to build new nuclear power plants there. Shawn Allee reports there are efforts to repeal some of those bans:

A longer version of the story

The NRC on the storage of spent fuel

A related story from The Environment Report

Producer: Shawn Allee
Release Date: January 12, 2009
Running Time: 3:28

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