The U.S. had 104 operating nuclear power plants at the end of 2012. That number is dropping to 99 with five announced decommissions in 2013, a record for one year. Southern Co. and Scana Corp. are each planning to build two new units in the U.S.
An Exelon employee walks through the turbine building at the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Forked River, N.J. The plant started producing commercial power on December 1, 1969.
Oyster Creek's license was extended in 2009 until 2029. Utility officials announced in December 2010 that they'll shut the reactor 10 years earlier rather than build state-ordered cooling towers.
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