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Storage tanks for contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are near capacity. Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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5 things to know about Japan's Fukushima water release in the Pacific

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The interior of the Savannah remains a time capsule of the mid-century era in which it operated. The main lobby of the cruise ship welcomed paying passengers from 1962 to 1965. Meredith Rizzo for NPR hide caption

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Step inside the world's only nuclear-powered passenger ship — built in 1959

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The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe's largest, is seen in the background of the shallow Kakhovka Reservoir. Water levels in the reservoir have been falling rapidly after a critical dam collapsed. Kateryna Klochko/AP hide caption

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A Ukrainian nuclear plant is facing a water shortage

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This July 24, 2008 photo shows the Monticello nuclear power plant in Monticello, MN. In November 2022, the plant confirmed a 400,000 gallon leak of water containing tritium and reported it to officials. The leak wasn't known to the public until Thursday. Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, pictured here in October, has operated with emergency power sources six times since Russia's offensive started. Carl Court/Getty Images hide caption

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The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is seen on March 17. Japan on Thursday adopted a new policy promoting greater use of nuclear energy to ensure a stable power supply amid global fuel shortages and reduce carbon emissions — a major reversal of its phaseout plan since the Fukushima crisis. Shohei Miyano/Kyodo News via AP, File hide caption

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The facility uses powerful lasers to compress fuel pellets. The result is nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun and the world's largest nuclear weapons. Don Jedlovec/LLNL/NNSA hide caption

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U.S. reaches a fusion power milestone. Will it be enough to save the planet?

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The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power plant at the edge of the Pacific ocean in San Luis Obispo, Calif., as seen on March 31, 2015. Michael Macor/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images hide caption

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Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, arrives in a hotel with a delegation in Zaporizhzia, Ukraine, on Aug. 31. The delegation will travel to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant amid the Russia-Ukraine war. Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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What inspectors will look for at Ukraine's war-damaged Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

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The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant was scheduled to be shuttered in 2025. But California Governor Gavin Newsom now wants to expand its lifespan. Michael Macor/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images hide caption

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A Russian serviceman patrols Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station on May 1. A series of exchanges in recent weeks has made conditions at the plant more dangerous. Andrey Borodulin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant shut down in 2019. Exelon Generation blamed the closure on a lack of state subsidies. Such subsidies are growing amid concerns that such closures abet climate change. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. Annotations by NPR.

Video analysis reveals Russian attack on Ukrainian nuclear plant veered near disaster

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A screen grab captured from a video shows a view of Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant during a fire following clashes around the site in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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Following the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl plant in 1986, a protective dome was built over the destroyed fourth reactor. Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice gives his State of the State speech in the House Chambers in January. Chris Dorst/Charleston Gazette-Mail/via AP hide caption

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In this 2010 file photo, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr. Iran's sole nuclear power plant has undergone a temporary emergency shutdown, state TV reported on Sunday. Majid Asgaripour/AP hide caption

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