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March 14, 2011 3:12 PM

Department of Energy's nuclear lab's future may be impacted by Japan

A successful reactor test in Idaho in 1986 made international news and appeared to put the nuclear industry on the comeback trail after the 1979 Three Mile Island partial meltdown. A few weeks later Chernobyl melted down in the Soviet Union and no new reactor has been built in the United States since. History appears to be repeating itself with the nuclear emergency in Japan.

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