Moving Backwards: Despite Fukushima Disaster, World Moves Towards More Nuclear Power

, by Common Dreams

’Use of a failed and dangerous technology’ expanding

Despite the Fukushima nuclear disaster, potentially flawed plant design and worlwide protests, the world is moving towards building more nuclear power plants.

Just last week the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) granted licenses to build two nuclear reactors at the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia, a decision decried by anti-nuclear groups. Slamming the decision, Allison Fisher, Outreach Director for Public Citizen’s Energy Program, stated:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) approval today of a proposal for the construction and operation of two new reactors in Georgia is a move in the wrong direction. The license granted to Southern Company is the first in 30 years and comes nearly one year after an earthquake initiated a still-uncontained nuclear crisis in Japan.

Nuclear development in the U.S. has been dormant for decades for a variety of good reasons, so it is inexplicable that we’ve chosen this moment in history to expand the use of a failed and dangerous technology.

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