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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.

Assessed critical nuclear power safety lapses.

Every year, UCS analyzes the federal government's management of "near misses" at nuclear power plants. Our one-of-a-kind report, The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety aggregates these incidents, and provides reasoned, independent policy recommendations for a safer nuclear future.

Explained the disaster at Fukushima.

When a crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant occurred on March 11, 2011, the world was hungry for reliable information. Drawing on our depth of expertise, UCS analysts provided hundreds of interviews for print and broadcast media, 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.

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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For decades, UCS has offered expert analysis aimed at making nuclear power safer and U.S. nuclear power policy more informed and effective. You can help support this work:

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