Public Meeting On Small Modular Reactor Technology

COUNTY News:

Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) invite the community to a presentation from NuScale Power, the developer of small modular reactors. The public meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in the large meeting room at the Golf Course Building at 4244 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.

Speakers include NuScale’s Chief Commercial Offcer Mike McGough, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Director of the Office of Civilian Nuclear Programs DV Rao, and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) CEO Doug Hunter.

At the direction of the Board of Public Utilities, DPU is exploring whether or not to add a next-generation nuclear power facility to the County’s energy generation portfolio to meet a 2040 goal to be carbon neutral. Specifically, through DPU’s membership in the UAMPS, DPU is looking at the Carbon Free Power Project that will utilize NuScale’s small modular reactor technology.

Deputy Utilities Manager Steve Cummins clarified that the focus of Thursday’s meeting is to learn about NuScale’s small modular reactors.

“I encourage our community to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from and ask questions directly to NuScale’s Mike McGough about the benefits of this technology,” he said. “We will hold a second meeting with the public on Jan. 12 to share the details of the Carbon Free Power Project.”

For more information about NuScale Power and small modular reactors visit the NuScale website at: http://www.nuscalepower.com/.

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