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NuScale’s Small Modular Nuclear power is too risky

NuScale nuclear power is too risky,  [artist’s model above]    By Robert Goodman | The Public Forum, 4 Aug 19, NuScale’s nuclear power project is too much of a financial and environmental risk when there are cleaner energy alternatives.

Not only will NuScale’s virtually untested nuclear technology be an estimated 40% more costly than renewable energy portfolios, the project in Idaho Falls, Idaho, will also likely go exceedingly over budget.

Many recent nuclear projects nationwide have resulted in extreme cost overruns and project cancellations, the burden of which has often fallen on ratepayers. For instance, ratepayers in South Carolina will end up owing more than $6,000, to be paid in monthly installments for the next four decades for a failed nuclear power plant. And just this year, the Department of Energy gave $3.7 billion in taxpayer money to the ailing Southern Co.’s nuclear power project near Waynesboro, Ga.

Yes, UAMPS has promised a rate cap in order to protect ratepayers. But if the new, first-of-a-kind project goes over budget, will that rate cap stay? Will NuScale Power, an Oregon-based LLC, step up and pay the extra expense?

City officials in UAMPS districts should look beyond NuScale Power’s promotional presentations and consider economically competitive, safer and more sustainable energy portfolios through a more transparent, independent and robust procurement process.

August 5, 2019 - Posted by | Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, USA


  1. Oh look another boondogle and possible meltdown at IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY. NUSCALE INSANITY THEY SURE KNOW HOW TO KEEP EM COMING . STEAL TAXPAYERS BLIND AND NULE THE HELL OUT OF THEM. Thanks Nuclear-news for arcles and commentary not seen much anywhere else.

    INL fire

    A wildfire burned 90,000 acres around the Idaho National Atomic Laboratory July 23-26, 2019. There were other wildfires in the area. The Idaho National Laboratory Nuclear Reservation, is 900 square miles. Almost a million acres. The fire burned, all the way to reactor buildings, on the nuclear reservation. Many muclear reactors have been tested there. click here “Various organizations have built more than 50 reactors at what is commonly called “the Site”, including the ones that gave the world its first usable amount of electricity from nuclear power and the power plant for the world’s first nuclear submarine. Although many are now decommissioned, these facilities are the largest concentration of reactors in the world.” INL History”. Idaho National Laboratory. United States Department of Energy, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy. Archived from the original on February 23, 2014.

    There are massive amounts of Radionuclidea on the million acre INL Resevation. There were 2 known meltdowns of Nuclear Reactors at INL and, maybe more The meltdown at the Stationary Low-Power Reactor Number One (SL-1) in south-central Idaho is to date the only fatal meltdown in U.S. history. The SL-1 before it blew up. The nuclear reactor is in the cylindrical structure. Nuclear Meltdown in Idaho: 3 occured in the late fifties

    There are and have been 50 nuclear Reactors at INL Reservation. There are incredible amounts of nuclear waste stored and buried there. A lot of that waste went up in smoke with 65 years of nuclear reactor meltdown fallout, from more than 90 thouasand acres burning and, you are breathing it America!

    Comment by Nick Hashimoto | August 5, 2019 | Reply

    • Thank you for the compliment. The “small modular nuclear reactors'” do apparently have that one saving grace that they can’t melt down. They still pose safety risks, still involve long lasting radioactive wastes, still could be used to make a “dirty bomb”:

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | August 5, 2019 | Reply

      • Tthey can burn massive amounts of the worst radionuclides into the atmosphere which is worse than a.meltdown in manyways. they can also blowup

        Comment by Nick Hashimoto | August 5, 2019

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