Japan Disaster Drags On Nuclear Energy

The crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Japan last March put the brakes on the industry’s revival, dimming prospects for the immediate future.

Since the March 11 disaster — the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl — several countries including Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Austria have reduced or halted plans for nuclear power.

Germany, which gets about 25 percent of its power from nuclear sources, plans to decommission existing plants by 2022, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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