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Nuclear Power

President Nixon once predicted the US would have 1,000 nuclear power plants by the dawn of the 21st century. There aren't even half that many worldwide today.

Tour the only nuclear reactor being built in the US today and find out what happened to a technology that once promised unlimited clean energy.

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