Although billions of dollars in financing for new nuclear energy projects was cut out of the final version of the economic stimulus package, the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) just awarded Oregon State University a six million dollar grant to study new designs for nuclear reactors. A small start up in Corvallis, NuScale Power, is already testing its design at OSU and is meeting regularly with the NRC about its application for certification. If everything goes smoothly, a NuScale reactor could be generating electricity in just eight short years.
How should nuclear power fit into our energy future? Is the reliability and relatively low cost of nuclear power worth the worry about hazardous waste and security? What are your hopes and concerns about nuclear energy providing your electricity?
- Bruce Landrey: Senior director of development for NuScale Power
- Jeff King: Senior resources analyst for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council
- Greg Kafoury: Oregon attorney and activist