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Nuclear power is an essential component of our overall energy program. It is a clean and reliable source of base load electricity that accounts for about 20 percent of energy consumption in the United States. Nuclear power provides the lowest fuel cost of any source of electricity and emits no greenhouse gases. In addition to being critical to our energy future, nuclear power also creates thousands of jobs during construction and hundreds more permanent jobs. The next generation of nuclear power plants will use highly sophisticated technology incorporating enhanced safety features—and UA members possess the skills to build and maintain these plants, on time and on budget.
UA members are among the country’s most specialized workers in the construction and maintenance of nuclear power plants. The nuclear industry requires a workforce that is highly trained and dedicated to safety at all times. UA members understand the importance of protecting the health and welfare of the public and bring that attitude with them to each and every job site.