Specialists monitor dials in the control room of the Angra 1 nuclear plant in Angra dos Reis in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state on April 12, 2011. Brazil is eager to move forward on its atomic program.
For four years, a corruption scandal has kept Brazil down for the count on some of its biggest projects, including a third nuclear energy plant. Now, however, things appear set to change as the country emerges from the corruption probe and stalled construction work resumes on nuclear facilities -- particularly the third nuclear plant. Boasting the world's sixth-largest uranium reserves, Brazil is also eager to attract investments to its uranium-mining industry. In all, Brazil hopes to meet the demand for nuclear plants, construct a multipurpose nuclear reactor and further harness atomic energy for medicine and agriculture. But in turning its face once more to nuclear power, Brazil could also leave the door open to the production of nuclear weapons –- a development that could elicit far more pushback at home and abroad....
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