Latest Nuclear power News

US gives first-ever OK for small commercial nuclear reactor

Sep. 2, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials have for the first time approved a design for a small commercial nuclear reactor, and a Utah energy cooperative wants to build 12 of them in Idaho. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday approved Portland-based NuScale Power’s application for the small...

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, file photo, electrical grid transmission towers are seen in Pasadena, Calif. As if the pandemic and recession weren’t bad enough, millions of Californians have been facing the recurring threats of abrupt blackouts during a heat wave in the nation’s most populous state. (AP Photo/John Antczak, File)

Q&A: California's new electricity-blackout challenge

Aug. 19, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — As if the pandemic and economic recession weren't bad enough, millions of Californians now face recurring threats of abrupt blackouts during a heat wave in the nation's most populous state. California's Independent System Operator, a nonprofit agency that manages the state's power...

FILE - This Nov. 29, 2018 file photo shows the Transient Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory about 50 miles west of Idaho Falls, in eastern Idaho. A Utah tax watchdog group and a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are calling on cities to pull out of the planned nuclear power plant project to get out before it becomes too expensive. The Deseret News reports the Carbon Free Power Project is promoted as the next generation design for nuclear power, but critics worry small modular reactor power is not cost effective. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Critics urge Utah cities to leave nuclear power project

Aug. 11, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Taxpayers Association and a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are urging cities that have signed on to a planned nuclear power plant in Idaho to get out while they can before costs become too great. NuScale’s Small Modular Reactor is planned for...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 29, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Track bribes before moving nuke deal Scranton Times-Tribune July 29 Nuclear power remains crucial to Pennsylvania and should become even more so as pressure mounts for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Pennsylvania...