The prospects for continued and new nuclear power plants in the United States have improved greatly since the fifth edition was written. In what is called a nuclear renaissance, many utilities have made application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for license extension and approval for new reactor construction. Nuclear reactors are planned that combat global warming, conserve nuclear fuel, support desalination, and produce hydrogen for transportation.

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, applications of nuclear processes have become more important. Detectors of nuclear materials entering the United States are being installed, and physical protection of nuclear facilities has been greatly enhanced.

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