Indiana Lawmakers Study Prospects for Nuclear Power
From NWI Politics
By Dan Carden
Could Indiana lead the way in the development of the second generation of nuclear power after being the only Midwest state to skip the first?
It’s too soon to tell, but a group of Hoosier lawmakers spent nearly two hours Monday learning about small modular nuclear reactors and how they could replace the energy generated by the state’s mostly coal-fired power plants – many of which are expected to be retired in the wake of new federal pollution restrictions.
Michael Whatley, of Virginia-based Babcock and Wilcox, the manufacturer of a 180-megawatt nuclear reactor, told lawmakers that unlike traditional 1,200-MW nuclear power plants, the new modular reactors are mostly built in a factory and can be assembled on a 40-acre site.
He said underground reactor placement and natural cooling ensure safety, and several reactors can be linked together at a single site to increase staffing efficiency.
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