Recent Developments Affecting Fallout
The former Soviet Union, the United States, and Great Britain agreed in 1963 to stop all testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere, under water, and in outer space. France and China, however, have continued such tests. The United States and Russia further agreed in 1993 to eliminate two-thirds of their nuclear warheads by 2003. This agreement, made possible by the ending of the Cold War, greatly decreases the chances of nuclear warfare and the generation of enormous quantities of fallout.
Disastrous nuclear accidents, such as those at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, have made nuclear reactors much less popular. No nuclear reactors ordered after 1973 have been completed in the United States, although several are under construction in Japan, Thailand, Turkey, and elsewhere.
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Dean Allen Haycock