What's the true cost of nuclear power? Ask The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator.

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, where the U.S. suffered its most serious nuclear accident in 1979, is seen across the Susquehanna River in Middletown, Pennsylvania in this night view taken March 15, 2011. REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST


The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, where the U.S. suffered its most serious nuclear accident in 1979, is seen across the Susquehanna River in Middletown, Pennsylvania in this night view taken March 15, 2011.
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Created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, this nifty Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator serves “provide countries around the world with nuanced estimates of the full cost of nuclear power—-almost instantly.”

Discussions of the future of nuclear power often focus on safety, proliferation, waste storage, and carbon emissions - accepting cost as a given. This tool breaks the cost of investing in nuclear power into its component parts and considers the price of three configurations of the ‘fuel cycle’ - that is, the process that includes everything from the mining and production of uranium fuel to the disposal of spent fuel after it has been used to generate electricity.

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator [thebulletin.org]

Cows graze in a field near the Doel nuclear power plant in northern Belgium in August 2012. | REUTERS


Cows graze in a field near the Doel nuclear power plant in northern Belgium in August 2012. | REUTERS