The rise and fall of nuclear power, in 6 charts
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The report notes that four-fifths of new construction is taking place in Asia and Eastern Europe. China is the only country on a large nuclear reactor building spree, with plans to build 28 new units by 2018.
A few countries, including France and Finland and China, are working on "next generation" reactors with higher efficiency and advanced safety systems. So far, however, those projects are bogged down in delays and overruns — the Olkiluoto project in Finland is three times over budget and 9 years late, while the Flamanville project in France is 4 years late. China's two next-generation Taishan plants have run into fewer problems, but they're expected to be more than a year late and won't be online until at least 2015.
After reading a book about Chernobyl. I hope the fall of nuclear reactors goes to zero.
I hope so too, Beth.