Nuclear engineers say the United States would have to rely on Russia and China to make the necessary changes to keep the US’ reactors running at their current levels.
The US has relied on Russian and Chinese manufacturers to make critical components for the country’s nuclear power plants, but these are already nearing obsolescence and must be replaced, a fact that has led some US politicians to warn that nuclear power is no longer a viable option.
But Trump is not the first president to propose shutting down the nuclear industry, and a new report suggests that this is not his only option.
Trump’s proposed nuclear policy is a stark departure from past administrations, but one that is also potentially disastrous for the US.
Here are the biggest issues at stake in the debate over how to end the US nation’s nuclear industry.