Small Nuke Plants May Be In Washington’s Future | 101 KXL

Small Nuke Plants May Be In Washington’s Future

Written by Steve Leader on August 14, 2014

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A panel of Washington state lawmakers is planning to visit a Portland company that makes small nuclear reactors to generate electricity. The story was first reported by KGW News.

The company, NuScale, describes its nuclear reactors as simple, small, and extraordinarily safe. The federal government is helping fund research on the reactors in Corvallis.

The chair of a Washington state legislative task force, Senator Tim Sheldon, says NuScale is on its way toward solving problems posed by conventional nuclear plants.

Critics say the issue of storing nuclear waste can never be solved.   NuScale says its reactors put out less waste.

Washington state currently has one nuclear power station, north of Richland.  Some lawmakers are giving nuclear power a fresh look because of the growing need for green energy.



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