I don't know if you are following the news, but the Japanese problems with their nuclear reactors are on going (and some are blaming the US design of the plants).
Freakonomics (an economics blog) discusses the pros and cons and what might replace them...
If the meticulous Japanese have problems, what will happen to all those new nuke plants in China?
Another story is that many of the US plants are aging, and may have problems, and that the recent tornadoes and floods have threatened nuclear plants in the US, however, fires inside the plants are still the most common problem.
here in the Philippines, we get lots of our energy from renewable hydroelectric or geothermal power, but we still get most of our electricity from "conventional" sources.
and luckily the greens have kept the Bataan power plant from being completed (it is located on a major fault line).