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US regulators will certify first small nuclear reactor design

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On Friday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced that it would be issuing a certification to a new nuclear reactor design, making it just the seventh that has been approved for use in the US. But in some ways, it’s a first: the design, from a company called NuScale, is a small modular reactor that can be constructed at a central facility and then moved to the site where it will be operated.

The move was expected after the design received an okay during its final safety evaluation in 2020.

Small modular reactors have been promoted as avoiding many of the problems that have made large nuclear plants exceedingly expensive to build. They’re small enough that they can be assembled on a factory floor and then shipped to the site where they will operate, eliminating many of the challenges of custom, on-site construction. In addition, they’re structured in a way to allow passive safety, where no operator actions are necessary to shut the reactor down if problems occur.

Many of the small modular designs involve different technology from traditional reactors, such as the use of molten uranium salts as the reactor fuel. NuScale has a much more traditional design, with fuel and control rods and energy transported through boiling water. Its operator-free safety features include setting the entire reactor in a large pool of water, control rods that are inserted into the reactor by gravity in the case of a power cut, and convection-driven cooling from an external water source.

NuScale started the certification process in 2016. According to the NRC, that process required the company to submit technical information that allows the Commission to evaluate it as follows:

Applications must closely analyze the design’s appropriate response to accidents or natural events. Applications must also lay out the inspections, tests, analyses and acceptance criteria that will verify the construction of key design features. In addition, the NRC also requires design certification applicants to assess how the designs protect the reactor and spent fuel pool from the effects of a large commercial aircraft impact.

Once complete, the certification is published in the Federal Register, allowing the design to be used in the US. Friday’s announcement says that the NRC is all set to take the publication step.

The NRC will still have to weigh in on the sites where any of these reactors are deployed. Currently, one such site is in the works: a project called the Carbon Free Power Project, which will be situated at Idaho National Lab. That’s expected to be operational in 2030 but has been facing some financial uncertainty. Utilities that might use the power produced there have grown hesitant to commit money to the project.


24 Comments on "US regulators will certify first small nuclear reactor design"

  1. Theedrich on Sun, 31st Jul 2022 6:56 pm 

    Western Civ is based on a talking snake myth. People who believe that myth can easily be manipulated to believe anything else — like the godliness of their overlords.

    Now that we find that the FBI has been turned into a criminal enterprise attacking Donald Trump and basically all non-woke people in the nation (see James Kunstler’s Playing Chicken with the Fates), we can wonder what new myth will be spun for the American TV-hypnotizees.

    The rot now evident with people like FBI Director Christopher Wray and his morally diseased companions in his organization and the Deep State generally, controlled and fed by the Democrat Party, would make any normal person diarrhetic.  But the American electorate today is beyond corrupt.  It thinks nothing of letting itself be led by a faction of treason and covert crime.

    We are being led into a swamp of despair by vermin and reptiles bribed by Marxist mega-billionaires, warmongers and international organizations.  Proxy wars in Ukraine and Syria (the latter mostly hidden from the masses) are waged to prey on the natural resources and independence of other nations in order to maintain America’s divine right of kings to subjugate and enslave the earth.

    The sooner the collapse happens, the better for the world.

  2. Dredd on Mon, 1st Aug 2022 6:48 am 

    Little atoms made of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same (Small Brains Considered – 3).

  3. Hello on Mon, 1st Aug 2022 7:42 am 

    A beautiful Swiss independence day bike ride along the Zugersee. It was an almost perfect day in a perfect nation until I rode by some school. A couple of kids playing soccer. There were also a lot of imported negro vermin playing soccer. More so than kids. The kids didn’t seem to bother having to play soccer with vermin. Very sad.
    There was a sign along the nature trail to be vigilant about invasive species. So I called in reporting the invasive negro vermin, but nobody seems to care. It almost feels like the europeans don’t care if their beautiful homeland is overrun by niggers and other invasive species. Mind you, the little negro vermin will grow up to be full-blown flatnose gorillas. Nothing funny about that. Why not exterminate them now? While we still have a chance. I thought about it. But for some strange reason it is illegal to exterminate vermin. Makes no sense.

  4. FamousDrScanlon on Mon, 1st Aug 2022 3:14 pm 

    Swiss independence day. Independent of defending your own country.

    You fucking cowards deserve niggers.

    That’s why you are hear whining about niggers right? Hoping we will liberate you from them?

    You Swiss fucks don’t have the balls to do anything but prance around the Vatican in faggoty looking uniforms protecting the worlds oldest child molesting ring.

    Fuck the Swiss. Go make me some coco bitch!

  5. makati1 on Mon, 1st Aug 2022 4:39 pm 

    Hmm. Home reactors were promised in the 60s. Never happened. Now these baby nukes are being advertised. Never going to be scaled up to practical use numbers.

    “…one such site is in the works: a project called the Carbon Free Power Project, which will be situated at Idaho National Lab. That’s expected to be operational in 2030 but has been facing some financial uncertainty.”

    Not profitable. Not going to happen. And many things are promised for 2030 that will not happen, like the practical/profitable fusion power promised for the last 50+ years. Yawn!

  6. makati1 on Mon, 1st Aug 2022 5:41 pm 

    The Netherlands: Higher Vaccine Uptake, Higher Mortality – Global Research

    “Those results fit with the worrying excess-mortality figures we now see in many countries. The elephant in the room is likely to be the surge in the rate of serious adverse effects.

    During the past few months, indications of a positive correlation between all-cause mortality and Covid vaccines has been growing. To demonstrate the existence of this correlation it is however crucial to be able to compare the rate of mortality and the vaccine uptake within a relatively homogenic population.

    This is what Dutch researcher André Redert has now done. He compares mortality rate and vaccine uptake between municipalities in the Netherlands and finds no mortality-reducing effect from vaccination.

    Instead he finds a statistically significant positive correlation between vaccine uptake and mortality.

    The period in question is week 35-52, 2021. As the graph shows there is a strong correlation, i.e. a higher vaccine uptake in a municipality is correlated with a higher death rate. The full analysis is not yet peer reviewed, but it is available on Researchgate.

    Those results fit with the worrying excess-mortality figures we now see in many countries. The elephant in the room is likely to be the surge in the rate of serious adverse effects from the Covid-19 vaccines, compared with other vaccines. An additional reason may be the sometimes negative effect of vaccination on covid-specific mortality, for example in the UK.

    Those results are truly worrying. And what is perhaps even more worrying is the general censorship when it comes to publishing or discussing them. The mainstream media avoids the discussion and the management of social platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn have even established rules against mentioning any negative facts regarding the vaccines. One can only wonder what such censorship may mean to those business leaders if and when the mass-hysteria blows over and those responsible for suppressing vital information and touting dangerous misinformation are held to account for their deeds.”

    I’mvglad I had the choice and choe the Sinovac Vaccine.

  7. BRAKING: muzzie went to see muhammad the pedifiler on Mon, 1st Aug 2022 6:00 pm 

    US Navy will promptly bury carcass at sea according to muzzie custom but this is not a muzzie

    it’s a muzzie schoedinger cat. it’s a muzzie but it’s not a muzzie. it’s a dead muzie

    please feel at ease among friends, we’re all lovers of supremacist muzzies here.

  8. BRAKING: US NAVY has sent seal team and successfully retrieved carcass of muzzie frm Kabul on Mon, 1st Aug 2022 6:08 pm 

    sources high up in the US Navy say will bury muzzie carcass at sea acording to muzzie custom but it’s not a muzzie

    it is a muzzie but it’s not a muzzie. it’s a dead muzzie

    please feel at ease among friends, we’re all lovers of supremacist muzzies here.

  9. we need to amputate elite whitey supertard thunderf00t when convict-19 started this elite whitey supertard went on self imposed quarantine on Mon, 1st Aug 2022 11:03 pm 

    this was circa 3/2020.

    ask yourself if this elitewhitey supetard love supremacist muzizes of course he does

    amputation now amputation then amputation til the end of convid-1984

    supermacist mzzies got roasted in kabul

    please be ease we love supremacist muzzies

  10. Biden’s hairplug on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 12:16 am 

    @makati – I’m glad my immune system made of steel was able to deal with the US-Chinese developed freak virus all by itself, without polluting by system with jewish or chink “vaccine” garbage, thank you very much.

  11. Biden’s hairplug on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 1:26 am 

    The world is almost there: US and China locked into major battle, providing enormous degrees of freedom to planetary ruler 1492-1945, Europe:

    “China sternly warns Biden admin not to arrange Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, PLA ‘will not sit idly by’“

    Just step in that plane, old hag!

  12. Biden's hairplug on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 3:54 am 

    “Fuck the Swiss. Go make me some coco bitch!”

    Note that Hello is totally intimidated by a kike like our resident talmudturk from Vancouver, all the usual foul mouthing about “niggers” or “europeans” has stopped and he withdraws to some mountain cave and won’t lift a finger to his defense.

    He wouldn’t dare to touch a kike, especially the swiss immediately fall into line, just like they open their wallets when that nice mr Stuart Eizenstat drops by to collect his billions, something fake related to the holohoax and Nazigold.

  13. Hello on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 4:56 am 

    >>> won’t lift a finger to his defense.

    it’s simple miscategorization that does not allow me to do anything. For some reason, flatnose gorilla is categorized as human instead of what it truly is, an invasive vermin.

    And this simple mistake (probably by some bureaucrats in some office), prevents me to hunt and shoot niggers.

    It is a true mystery of the universe, why flatnose nigger gorillas are categorized as humans. How did that happen?

  14. Dredd on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 6:54 am 

    The small brain continuation (Small Brains Considered – 4).

  15. Biden's hairplug on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 9:55 am 

    “The small brain continuation”

    Ready to be deployed in East-Asia, Dredd?

    You can swim?

  16. Duncan Idaho on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 10:22 am 


  17. FamousDrScanlon on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 12:35 pm 

    clog, go pick and arrange me some flowers bitch….no tulips.

  18. Biden’s hairplug on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 4:17 pm 

    Oh dear, TalmudTurk is angry and all worked up. Things aren’t going too well for him, geopolitically speaking.

    His problem.

  19. Biden’s hairplug on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 4:23 pm 

    “China to speed up reunification process with comprehensive action as it ramps up military readiness against Pelosi’s Taiwan visit“

    And we in Europe have a ringside seat. Let’s see how they are going to thin each other out. Go easy on each other, boys!

    Rule nr 1 in geopolitics: if A and B clash, C wins.

  20. makati1 on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 5:09 pm 

    Biden’s, you, in Europe, are already in a war but will not admit it. Yet, you are concerned with a possible one ~10,000 kilometers away instead. Winter is coming to an energy starved Europe.

    You are ~1,000 kilometers from bombs and missiles blowing up everything and spreading. Not to mention Europe killing sanctions and inflation with Winter approaching fast. No Russian Oil/Gas = No economy/heat/electric. Cold can kill, no bullets required.

    I am ~1,000 kilometers from a very unlikely war that has not happened, and likely never will. The US/West will NOT get involved IF it does happen. They cannot, or they will be destroyed. They know it. The US MSM is just spewing the usual arrogant bullshit.

    No sanctions on the Ps imports or exports. Yes some inflation caused by energy imports, but nothing serious. Remember, it never freezes here. Seldom gets below 20C, except in the higher elevations. Most people here would never miss the things you expect as necessities as they never had them.

    I’m prepared for the future, are you?

  21. makati1 on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 5:52 pm 

    BTW: I suggest that you look at the labels on the things you use everyday. They were probably made in China or South Korea or even Japan. Not to mention that many more have parts made in China or another Asian country and assembled in yet another Asian country. How long can you do without them? (No shipping.) THAT is the “coming home” part of a war with a country that supplies your needs. But then, Europe is already finding out about that cost, isn’t it?

  22. Duncan Idaho on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 5:52 pm 

    if a Dallas Republican congressman’s:
    “IQ slips any lower we’ll have to water him twice a day.”


  23. Duncan Idaho on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 6:29 pm 

    Lets be positive about the Fat Boy:
    He does know how to rip people off–

  24. Duncan Idaho on Wed, 3rd Aug 2022 7:42 pm 

    Phoenix could soon become uninhabitable — and the poor will be the first to leave

    It has been uninhabitable for quite some time.–and-the-poor-will-be-the-first-to-leave/

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