@parmnparsley- I sat in on a presentation by a physicist about the nuclear industry a few days ago and he said there are serious concerns amongst industry experts concerning the lack of investment and education. Because of the lack of new permits for plants, extensions are being granted for old plants, resulting in an aging infrastructure with half of the country’s nuclear plants over 20 years old. Colleges are merging or eliminating nuclear engineering programs in favor of nuclear medicine programs; one of the only areas where significant investment in nuclear exists.
The entire framework of the nuclear power industry is slowly deteriorating because there is a lack of skilled engineers, antiquated plants operating beyond their planned operational period, and a lack of new plants being built. There is also nowhere to store the radioactive waste so it is all stored on site. Because of the lack of investment in the industry, the current nuclear reactors are mostly old, inefficient reactors that are not as safe as the new reactors available.