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Surge in nuclear power plants in US not anytime soon: Expert

Nuclear "renaissance" in the US may not happen in the immediate future and its roadmap will be known only when lawmakers come out with provisions on atomic energy in a proposed Bill, an American expert has said.



Mumbai: Nuclear "renaissance" in the US
may not happen in the immediate future and its roadmap will be
known only when lawmakers come out with provisions on atomic
energy in a proposed Bill, an American expert has said.

The idea of nuclear renaissance refers to harnessing
atomic sources on a large scale to produce clean power.

"We are waiting to see what kind of provisions are
made for nuclear energy in the Climate Bill that the US
Congress is trying to work out," Andrew Light, a senior fellow
at the Center for American Progress said today.

"Yes, nuclear energy is a non-carbon energy source but
it is extremely expensive and takes a long time to build these
plants. We need to take into account the burning of coal
during the long gestation period of nuclear plants," Light,
also the Director of the Center for Global Ethics at George
Mason University, told PTI.

Republicans who proposed nuclear renaissance during
President George W Bush`s administration, are keen on making
available funding for nuclear plants. But, Democrats are less
enthusiastic about promoting nuclear power, Light noted.

Republicans wanted 100 new nuclear plants in the
renaissance plan, he said adding, "this seems extremely
difficult as there is only one company in Japan supplying
large forging steel (needed for such facilities) and even it
has a backlog of 20 years."

PTI

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