Thank you for hosting this discussion. As a former nuclear power plant mechanical engineer, I am strongly in favor of having nuclear in our future energy mix. The nuclear industry has a very safe and reliable operational history in the post Three Mile Island era. Profound changes in the industry occurred after TMI, and I am proud to have been a part of the safe operation of the power plant where I worked.
I would not hesitate to live near or work in a nuclear power plant again assuming they maintain or improve current levels of regulation, oversight and safety focus. We should be very proud of the US nuclear industry.
Clearly we need low carbon footprint energy sources. Nuclear plants can be designed to withstand terrorist attacks, and can further protect us from terrorism by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.
It's such a shame that Trojan was closed. What a terrible loss. (That is not the plant where I worked.)
We DO need to open a spent fuel storage facility. The nuclear industry has paid billions of dollars to pay for a facility, and the government has yet to open it. It needs to happen. Safe fuel storage is not a technical issue. It is a political one.
It irks me to hear your guest making assumptions about the financing of NuScale's plants. Once again, the activists are making unsubstantiated claims to try to bolster their position. I've seen this for years and years. Activists continue to make false statements, apparently out of ignorance, about the power plant where I worked, and the media continues to print them. Perhaps they should look at the facts and learn about the technology before making such statements. Only with factual data can we make intelligent decisions.
Again, thanks for having this discussion. I am strongly in favor of nuclear.
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