In recent years, nuclear power had begun to win over some unexpected allies in the environmental community.

U.S.-Nuclear-Plant-MapThe nuclear power industry had been experiencing something of a rebirth in the United States, following decades of doubt. That’s been put at risk by the crisis unfolding at a nuclear power plant in Japan, resulting from the devastating earthquake and tsunami there.

Officials in the nuclear industry recognize that the current problems in Japan are bound to have repercussions when it comes to nuclear policy in the U.S. For example, some members of Congress have already called for a “time out” when it comes to nuclear power plant approvals.

“There are some serious problems, even without the Japan crisis,” says Richard Caperton, an energy policy analyst at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank.

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Source: Alan Greenblatt | NPR
Photo: International Nuclear Safety Center