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Coming soon: more nuclear reactors?

A French and American joint venture is planning to bring the first new nuclear plant to the U.S. in over 20 years. This one is still in the planning stages, but if it gets approval and moves forward, it will be the first newly approved plant since 1973.

A lot of if's, but still a sign of a potential nuclear resurgence in the U.S. Despite its obvious downsides, it is the only proven, large scale non-fossil fuel energy source. It provides 80% of France's electrical supply, and 30% of Japan's.

But it does have very real dangers and risks associated with it, as the recent earthquakes in Japan remind us. And where can you really safely store waste that's poisonous for thousands and thousands of years?

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