Reactor accidents and radiation leaks aren't the only risks with nuclear energy; nuclear weapons are another problem.
Engineers who design nuclear plants can plan a worst case scenario, but this may not be enough to prevent all accidents.
We don't know what it will cost to build the next nuclear power plant in the U.S.
Greenhouse gas emissions from nuclear power are low by just about any measure.
Radioactive waste is an unavoidable by-product of nuclear power that requires safe storage.
Nuclear power results from radiation, which was discovered around 1900. It took several decades after that for scientists to understand how to harness its energy - for power and for weapons.
Over 400 nuclear reactors are operating today in the world in 30 different countries.
The energy released from the nucleus of an atom – nuclear energy – is harnessed today by heating water to make steam. The steam turns a turbine that drives a generator to make electricity.