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Our Recent Nuclear Power Accomplishments

UCS served as a valued source of clear, accurate information about a disaster that stunned the world, gave the NRC a mixed report card on safety and security issues, and held nuclear power economics up to the light.

Explained the disaster at Fukushima.

When a crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant followed on the heels of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, the world was hungry for reliable information. Our depth of expertise put UCS in a unique position to meet that need. In the weeks following the disater, UCS experts provided hundreds of interviews for print and broadcast media, posted dozens of blog entries, conducted daily media telephone briefings, and appeared before several congressional committees to share their insights on the crisis and its consequences.

Outlined steps to prevent a similar disaster in the U.S.

Our report U.S. Nuclear Power after Fukushima: Common Sense Recommendations for Safety and Security details 23 steps the federal government and the American nuclear industry should take to lessen the chances of an accident like Fukushima here in the United States—including the need to move spent nuclear fuel from vulnerable pools and into more secure dry casks as soon as possible.

Assessed the NRC's performance.

UCS has long been a constructive critic of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and in March 2012 we released the second of a series of annual reports evaluating the NRC’s response to problems it encountered at U.S. nuclear power plants during 2011. The report examines 15 “near-misses” at U.S. nuclear plants during 2011 and evaluates the NRC response in each case. Conclusion: The NRC can do an excellent job of protecting the public—but too often doesn’t.

Exposed the nuclear industry’s subsidy addiction.

With a series of reports culminating in 2011’s Nuclear Power: Still Not Viable without Subsidies, UCS experts have documented the U.S. nuclear power industry’s dependence on public assistance, raising important questions about the economic viability of relying on nuclear power as a global warming solution.

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