Nuclear Power, Resurgent

By April 14, 2009Energy, Global Warming

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press, “Tennessee: Regulators gear up for nuclear revival“:

KNOXVILLE — For America’s power industry and its regulators, the long nuclear winter appears to be over.

With proposals for 26 new reactors from TVA and 16 other utilities, the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday the agency is gearing up for its biggest workload in a generation.

The NRC has added nearly 1,000 more employees in the past six years to review plans for the next generation of nuclear reactors and the fuel enrichment plants that will supply the additional units.

“This is a very busy time for us,” NRC Chairman Dale Klein said Monday after touring the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. “It’s a challenge, but we believe we are ready and are committed to continuing to protect the public health and safety.”

Many good sidebars to this article, including a table of proposed new plants from the Nuclear Energy Institute. The South and Southeast are well represented.

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