America’s Nuclear Reactors Are Worryingly Old – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar.

Nuclear energy supplies about 20% of electricity in the U.S., but the fleet of reactors is getting old. The oldest has been operating since 1969, the average age of all 94 reactors is 39 years, and four of them recently received license renewals allowing them to operate for up to 80 years. Those renewals reignited a debate about aging reactors: is keeping them operating that long really safe?

Further reading:

The Nuclear Energy Institute
https://www.nei.org/about-nei

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission
https://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc.html

The BBC
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-13592208

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
https://thebulletin.org/2019/08/aging-nuclear-plants-industry-cost-cutting-and-reduced-safety-oversight-a-dangerous-mix/#:~:text=Aging%20nuclear%20plants%20need%20to%20be%20watched%20more%20closely%2C%20not%20less.&text=The%20average%20age%20of%20the,from%2040%20to%2060%20years

The U.S. Department of Energy
https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/The%20History%20of%20Nuclear%20Energy_0.pdf

World Nuclear News
https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/

The Los Angeles Times
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2002-jun-30-adna-reactor30-story.html

The Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/japan-quake-puts-spotlight-on-aging-us-nuclear-reactors-cost-of-building-new-ones/2011/03/16/ABFOiWh_story.html

Wired
https://www.wired.com/story/germany-rejected-nuclear-power-and-deadly-emissions-spiked/

The Associated Press
https://www.ap.org/press-releases/2012/aging-nukes-a-four-part-investigative-series-by-jeff-donn

Scientific American
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/safety-concerns-status-quo-at-us-reactors/

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