About National Nuclear Science Week

Why is nuclear science important?

Nuclear science plays a vital role in the lives of Americans…and the world. Consider these facts:

• 18 million nuclear medicine procedures are performed per year among 305 million people in the United States (http://www.world-nuclear.org )

• 104 operating nuclear reactors in the US employ an average of 700 people to operate them in the 31 states that have nuclear power generating plants (http://www.nei.org )

• 20 percent of our nation’s electricity is generated by nuclear power (http://www.nei.org)

• 436 nuclear power plants are operating in 30 countries, supplying 14 percent of the world’s electricity. Fifty-three new nuclear plants are under construction in 14 countries. (http://www.nei.org)