Dan Brouillette: 'Impossible' to Reduce 'Carbon Emissions' Without 'Nuclear Energy'
The Exelon Byron Nuclear Generating Stations running at full capacity 12 May 2007 in Byron, Illinois, is one of 17 nuclear reactors at 10 sites in three US states, is the nation's largest operator of commercial nuclear power plants and third largest in the world. In the US, nuclear operators have focused on improving safety and efficiency at existing plants. There have been no notable US accidents since 1979 at Three Mile Island and the US reactor fleet has produced at about 90 percent of licensed capacity since 2001, up from efficiency figures of the early 1980s. Nuclear plants today produce about 20 percent of the electricity used in the US. Dozens of electrical company’s are seeking licenses for as many as 31 new nuclear power reactors in the US. (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)