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Thu March 17, 2011
Energy

Nuclear Reactor Redesigns Aim To Allay Safety Fears

Japan's nuclear crisis has dampened enthusiasm in the U.S. for nuclear power as an alternative to greenhouse gas power sources such as coal. Fears are especially acute along the earthquake-prone West Coast. But advocates of nuclear power say those fears are misplaced because newer reactor designs are less vulnerable to a meltdown — even if they're abandoned in an emergency.

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