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Nuclear Reactor Operators and Technicians
Questions regarding the safety of nuclear power, the environmental effects of nuclear plants, and the safe disposal of radioactive waste have been of public concern since the occurrence of major accidents at the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl plants. Nevertheless, the Nuclear Energy Institute reports that approximately 74 percent of Americans surveyed in 2010 support the use of nuclear energy, and 84 percent support new nuclear power plants being constructed in the future. A joint effort between the federal government and private industry, Nuclear Power 2010, was charged with identifying sites for new advanced nuclear power plants by 2005 and to begin construction by 2010 of new facilities.