Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos County Should Opt Out Of Carbon Free Power Project

Los Alamos
The Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) is a plan to build a modular nuclear power plant in Idaho, with funding and subsequent power production shared among a pool of communities such as Los Alamos.
I appreciate the well-informed opinions expressed by Mr. George Chandler in his Letter of Aug. 23 (https://ladailypost.com/george-chandler-get-out-of-fluor-nuscale-small-modular-nuclear-reactor-smr-project/), and tend to agree with his assessments.
There are two major concerns that lead me to suggest that Los Alamos County should opt out of the CFPP project at this point:
1) I believe that no community should buy into plans for nuclear power production that do not include planning and costing for nuclear waste handling and disposal from the outset. There are already too many drums of long-lived, high-level waste sitting around the country. As far as I can determine, the CFPP project has not planned for logistics and costs of waste handling. This, in my view, is a show-stopper.
2) Work to date on the project does not seem to provide sufficient indication that the project can succeed in delivering cost-effective electric power. The immaturity of the design and absence of experience and testing makes the project more suitable for a national laboratory than for a community that needs carbon-free electricity.

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