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Nuclear Power: Safety First. Now.

The Fukushima disaster of 2011 showed us once again what can happen when a nuclear power plant's safety systems fail. The U.S. nuclear industry has responded with familiar reassurances that it can't happen here.

We know better. It can happen here—but it doesn't have to.

Safe? No. Safer? Yes.

Nuclear power is an inherently hazardous technology—but we can make it safer. Enforcing fire and earthquake regulations, addressing flood risks, and moving spent nuclear fuel to dry casks are just a few of the ways we can help prevent nuclear accidents.

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BOOK: Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
A definitive look at Fukushima and nuclear safety.

REPORT: NRC in 2013
The NRC showed more Jekyll than Hyde in 2013.

POLICY BRIEF: Nuclear Goldilocks
Nuclear non-regulation has potentially severe consequences.

REPORT: Quake Risk at Diablo Canyon
The NRC isn't enforcing seismic regulations at Diablo Canyon, despite significant risks.

INFOGRAPHIC: Safer Storage for Nuclear Waste
Nuclear waste isn't stored as safely as it could be.

REPORT: Small Isn't Always Beautiful
Small modular reactors raise significant safety concerns.

FACTSHEET: NRC’s Failure to Enforce Reactor Fire Regulations
Fire is a significant safety issue that needs better regulation.

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The NRC needs to begin taking these steps now—upgrade its safety and security standards, enforce all its rules, and become the tough, consistent regulator the public deserves.

You can help. Check out our action alerts, visit our citizen resource center, and add your voice to our call for safer, more secure, better regulated nuclear power in the United States.

Is UCS pro- or anti-nuclear power?

The answer is "neither." We have been a watchdog for 40 years, working for safer nuclear plants, better regulatory oversight, and smarter policy.
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Who pays for nuclear power?

If you're a U.S. taxpayer, the answer is: you do. UCS studies show that public subsidies have played a crucial role in keeping the nuclear industry afloat.
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Nuclear power and terrorism

To a terrorist, a nuclear power plant is an inviting target. And some fuel facilities could be sources of weapon-making material. To minimize these risks, we need to make wise decisions about the nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear plant security.
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Nuclear power technology

BWRs, PWRs, SMRs...our experts have put together some resources to help you navigate the alphabet soup. Find out how nuclear power plants work (and what happens when they don't).
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The UCS Nuclear Tracker

Curious about your local reactor? The UCS Nuclear Power Information Tracker has key information on all U.S. nuclear reactors, from licensing dates to safety history.

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For decades, UCS has worked to educate policy makers and the public about nuclear power. UCS experts have testified before Congress, provided safety instruction to NRC staffers, and appeared on national television and radio programs to offer a scientifically grounded perspective that will help shape better policy. You can help support this work:

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