Licensing New Nuclear Power Plants

The vast majority of today’s 104 U.S. nuclear power plants were licensed during the 1960s and 1970s. Commercial nuclear energy was new, and the regulatory process evolved along with the new industry. Plants were issued a construction permit based on a preliminary design. Safety issues were not fully resolved until the plant was essentially complete—a process flaw that had substantial financial implications. This flaw also meant that the public did not have access to the details of the design until construction was nearly complete.

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