Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Video Report on Small Modular Reactors Featuring NuScale

The short video highlights Corvallis, Oregon's NuScale reactor -- which hopes to submit paperwork to the NRC within the next 3 years. If the NRC accepts the application paperwork, it may take at least 10 years to evaluate the data as it runs through its own bureaucratic circular jerkular procedures. There is no guarantee that the NRC will approve the application, regardless of how safe, efficient, and economical the NuScale reactor (and other SMRs) may prove to be.

It should be noted parenthetically that Oregon State University's department of Nuclear Engineering lost a great deal of talent when NuScale personnel departed the school's faculty and staff. The aftermath of that split-up has not been kind to OSU, causing significant loss of reputation and prestige to the university. Just one example of OSU's fall from grace. Let's hope OSU finds some new staffing to bring its nuclear engineering department back from the brink.

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