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Sizing up the competition

Folks around Oak Ridge are enthusiastic about the prospects for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the southwestern Oak Ridge location known as the “breeder site”, but we need to be aware that there are other project sponsors and communities aiming for financial assistance and quick regulatory review as the first SMRs.  A New York Times blog piece by Matthew Wald reports on utility-manufacturer partnerships in Missouri, Oregon, and South Carolina that appear to be competing with the TVA-Babcock & Wilcox for primacy in SMRs.

Note: The site is called the “breeder site” because it was once destined to become the site of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor, a big federal nuclear technology initiative that ultimately was cancelled after initial construction had begun.

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