Nuclear Power in the United States

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The United States has 103 nuclear power reactors in 31 states.

Nuclear energy is the second largest source providing electricity for one of every five homes and business in the country and in California.

Some states clearly are more dependent on nuclear energy than others. Vermont gets 76 percent of its electricity from nuclear reactors … New Hampshire and South Carolina well over 50 percent.

About 90% of all electric power is generated by boiling water. When a reactor is refueled, the removed fuel assemblies are immediately placed in used fuel pools, where they cool under water for many years and become less radioactive. But used fuel pools were not intended as permanent storage.

The Department of Energy is supposed to build a permanent underground storage facility for used fuel from nuclear power plants and high-level radioactive waste from defense programs.

Nuclear Power in The United States

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