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Nuclear Monitor #871 - 25 January 2019

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Nuclear power: 2018 in reviewNuclear power enjoyed a small upswing last year, but the paucity of reactor construction starts, the aging of the global reactor fleet and other factors mean that a sustained downturn is more likely than ever.

China to the rescue?China has not opened a new construction site for a commercial reactor since December 2016.

UK nuclear new-build program collapsingA nuclear industry lobbyist said in early 2017 that the UK's nuclear power program faces "something of a crisis". Since then, several plans for new reactors have collapsed and thus the program is in a full-blown crisis.

Japan's nuclear export industry collapsingThe prospects for Japan's nuclear export industry have gone from bad to worse. Two Japanese companies have abandoned plans to build reactors in the UK in the past two months ‒ more nails in the coffin of an export industry championed by Prime Minister Abe.

The economic viability of nuclear power is only going downGrant Smith from the US Environmental Working Group argues that nuclear power belongs in a museum and we shouldn't continue to squander public dollars on a technology that will never make economic sense.