Nuclear energy is a safe, secure, environmentally-friendly, affordable and efficient way to meet the demands for power worldwide. Because nuclear power does not involve burning a fossil fuel, there is no air pollution, water pollution, ash or other residue of combustion. And perhaps more importantly, there is no emission of gases that can add to global warming.

Worldwide, more than 400 nuclear plants are generating electricity in 30 countries. In the United States, about 20 percent of our nation’s electricity comes from more than 100 nuclear plants.

With strict oversight by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, American nuclear plants have been envied by other industries for their excellence performance and safety record. Multiple layers of safety in their design, construction and operation – coupled with a highly-skilled workforce and detailed procedures for all aspects of plant operations – ensure nuclear facilities are able to withstand enormous impacts from storms, earthquakes, airplane crashes and other natural and manmade threats.

Last Modified: September 30, 2014