23 Jun '12, 1am

Lawmakers push for small modular nuclear reactors in Tri-Cities | Electric Power News | Energy Central:

Lawmakers push for small modular nuclear reactors in Tri-Cities Jun 21 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Annette Cary Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Nine of Washington's U.S. congressional leaders are encouraging Energy Secretary Steven Chu to locate a small modular nuclear reactor project in the Tri-Cities. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., led the effort to get both of the state's U.S. senators and seven of its U.S. representatives to sign a letter sent to Chu this week. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire sent a similar letter in late May. The Department of Energy is considering proposals to award $450 million to support engineering, design certification and licensing for one or two small nuclear reactor designs over five years. While the proposals are expected to come from firms developing the reactors, the Tri-City Development Council was scheduled Wednesday to present a pr...

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