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When was the last nuclear power plant built in the US?

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2008-03-31 00:16:46
2008-03-31 00:16:46

According to the US Dept of Energy, the last reactor built was the "River Bend" plant in Louisiana. Its construction began in March of 1977. The last plant to begin commercial operation is the "Watts Bar" plant in Tennessee, which came online in 1996.

Note: The list I obtained only listed operational reactors.

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