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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 18

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America — Friday, July 18th. On this date in 1955 in West Milton, New York, a species of turning swords into plowshares was realized. That was when the Atomic Energy Commission sold electric power from a General Electric nuclear reactor to the Niagara-Mohawk Power Corporation for civilian distribution. Some 10,000 kilowatts were supplied from the reactor, which was a prototype for the one used in the submarine USS Seawolf. Last year, 789 billion kilowatt hours were generated at nuclear plants — about 19.5 percent of the nation's total electricity. There are 142 nuclear power generating facilities in the U.S., employing over 50,000 workers in America's $522 billion a year utilities sector. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the America's Economy mobile app at www.census.gov/mobile.

Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts 3548
http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1955-57v20/d47
http://www.nei.org/Knowledge-Center/Nuclear-Statistics/US-Nuclear-Power-Plants
http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2011_00A1&prodType=table
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/pdf/2012_econ_advance_report.pdf

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Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

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