A new report on nuclear power by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) found that the US has more than 50 nuclear reactors, down from the nearly 200 built during the 1970s.
According to the report, a total of 1,054 reactors were operational at the end of 2018, down 2.2 per cent from the year before.
The report found that in 2017, the number of US reactors was just over 4,000, down 9 per cent since the year 2000.
“In the last decade, the pace of reactor retirements has slowed markedly,” said the report.
“This year’s report indicates that in 2020, there will be no more than 1,400 US reactors operational.
The total number of nuclear reactors in operation is currently 4,869, down 16 per cent compared to 2010, when there were nearly 5,000 reactors.
While there are currently around 50,000 operating nuclear reactors across the US, the NRC estimates that there will only be 1,600 reactors by 2025, down 22 per cent over the last three decades.
It is the first time the NSC has released an annual report on the nuclear industry, which has remained largely unseen by the general public since it was first set up in 1946.”
Nuclear energy has been on the rise for a long time.
The pace of innovation is accelerating,” NRC Director Jeffrey Wald said in a statement.”
However, we are concerned that many of the US nuclear reactors are now aging and in decline, and we are recommending a major overhaul of the nation’s nuclear strategy to protect the health of our people, our environment and our economy.
“The report also said that since 2010, the US had seen a rise in the number and cost of nuclear accidents, which have killed and injured more than 3,000 people and caused billions of dollars in damage.
In the US alone, more than 2,300 people have been killed and 4,200 injured by nuclear accidents since 2010.
The NRC said it has a number of measures in place to prevent further accidents, including an ongoing review of the safety of existing and new facilities.
It is also reviewing plans to upgrade and replace aging reactors.