In the past two years alone, China has begun constructing 15 new nuclear power stations, while Russia, South Korea and India are also initiating major expansions in atomic power. Some Western countries look set to join them: at the end of 2009, licence applications for 22 new nuclear plants had been submitted in the US, while the Italian government has said that it will reverse a ban on nuclear power and start constructing reactors by 2013.
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