Bid to Build Reactors Is First in Three Decades

NRG Energy will request permission to build two new nuclear reactors. It's the first request to build a new nuclear power plant in the U.S. in three decades. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has geared up for a flood of applications.

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Our business news starts with a bid to build nuclear reactors in Texas.

It's the first request to build a new nuclear power plant in the U.S. in three decades, since the Three Mile Island accident of 1979. Effectively, that killed off the nuclear industry. Today, a company called NRG Energy will request permission to build two new nuclear reactors and the bid would make it take the lead on what could be a revival of nuclear power. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has geared up for a flood of applications for new reactors over the next year. If they get the thirty-some applications they expect, it could mean an investment of $60 billion.

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