Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Montage of images and link description. Meltdown at Three Mile Island Imagemap: linked to kids and home
The Film and More
Imagemap(text links below) of menu items
The American Experience

Nuclear Power in the United States


Although not a single nuclear power plant has been ordered in the United States since the 1979 Three Mile Island accident, many plants have been built since then and many plants continue to operate. In 1996, there are 110 commercial reactors in 32 states. Six of these states rely on nuclear power for more than 50 percent of their energy.

Worldwide, 434 reactors generate electricity in 33 countries. Although the U.S. is the greatest producer of nuclear power, generating 31 percent of the world total, nuclear power only accounts for 22 percent of the total energy consumed. By contrast, nuclear power accounts for 77 percent of the energy consumed by France. [1995 figures]

The map below lists all of the commercial nuclear reactors in the U.S.

Source: Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Department of Energy


Rollover States to see its reactors

Sites



THE FILM & MORE | SPECIAL FEATURE | TIMELINE | MAPS
PEOPLE & EVENTS | TEACHER'S GUIDE