By Corinne Dionisio
The Department of Energy (DOE) has agreed to back a small modular reactor (SMR) project that would take place within the DOE's Idaho National Laboratory site. Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) has been granted a Site Use Permit within the Idaho National Laboratory site (INL). SMR technology promises a safer, cheaper, and cleaner alternative to energy production.
"As the nation's lead nuclear energy laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory has a vision of the vital role that nuclear energy must play as part of the future clean energy system." Mark Peters, INL director said about the site permit. "INL served a crucial role in the development of nuclear power and now plays a key role in the advancement and commercialization of next generation reactors. INL and our sister national laboratories are providing direct technical support to companies like NuScale Power, LLC. as part of the design and licensing process and are ready to provide the expertise and infrastructure to commercialize small modular reactors (SMRs) as a clean energy option.
Today's announcement marks an exciting time for nuclear energy as the world looks at this essential component to address risks presented by a changing climate. Nuclear energy will continue to play a vital role of the future national - and global - energy systems. INL stands ready to support this important national role."
The specific site of UAMPS's Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) will be chosen by carefully considering locations that allow the preservation of environmental, historic, and cultural resources. In addition, because the site will be within INL boundaries it must not interfere with any of the labs projects. Once the site is selected the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will inspect and carefully review the area. Building the new SMR reactors will commence following NRC approval. The reactors will be based on the SMR designs developed by NuScale Power TM. For more information please visit the DOE link provided below.