May 2005
Sierra;May/Jun2005, Vol. 90 Issue 3, p34
The article presents information on certain interesting facts related to nuclear energy generation in the U.S. The Manhattan Project was formed to build an atomic bomb in September 1942. The first large-scale U.S. nuclear power plant began operation in Shippingport, Pennsylvania in December 1957. By 1970, 20 nuclear reactors were in operation in the United States. The Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant in Pennsylvania suffered a partial core meltdown, resulting in the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history in March 1979. An all-time high of 112 U.S. nuclear reactors was reached, although no new plants have been ordered since 1978. The U.S. President George W. Bush administration introduced Nuclear Power 2010, a program to identify new plant sites, develop more advanced technology, and streamline the regulatory process.


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