Nuclear reactors planned for the United States are safer, stronger and more energy-efficient than the 40-year-old Fukushima Daiichi facility that has suffered explosions and radiation leaks, according to experts.
U.S. and international firms are banking on these new reactor designs that use so-called “passive cooling” to remove heat from a reactor, rather than the kind of active cooling system that failed at Daiichi when the system’s cooling water intake pumps and diesel generators were knocked out by a 30-foot tsunami. A new reactor design by Westinghouse could be shut down for three days without power. Industry predicts that production of these plants will now slow down as new scrutiny is placed on safety.
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