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Wilson continues push for small modular reactors at SRS

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 7:24 PM
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NORTH AUGUSTA — U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson wants to continue efforts to develop a small modular reactor at Savannah River Site after a U.S. Department of Energy award partially funding a project to design the portable reactors excluded the South Carolina site last month.

“I believe that (reactor) has great potential to be developed still at the Savannah River Site,” the South Carolina Republican said Friday.

SRS has tried for previous awards to bring small modular reactors to the site but has been passed over. The DOE award was given to Oregon-based NuScale Power LLC.

The reactors, which would be about one-third the size of conventional reactors, have compact designs that supporters believe will offer safety, construction and economic benefits. They can be made in factories and moved to sites, helping to cut costs and construction times.

During a five-stop tour across South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District to announce his 2014 legislative agenda, Wilson said he would continue promoting new missions at SRS such as small modular reactors while working for
funding to protect nuclear waste cleanup at the site.

Wilson, a stringent proponent of the mixed oxide fuel plant, said he hopes the facility will be completed. The plant, which has become increasingly expensive and behind schedule, would dispose of surplus plutonium from dismantled warheads by blending it into commercial nuclear fuel.

“To me, every day we achieve a higher percentage of completion,” Wilson said. “I believe we are pretty close to identifying a customer for the fuel that is to be produced.”

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rmwhitley 01/03/14 - 08:42 pm
Punk obama

continues to punish the South and those good, honest Americans who oppose his blatant dishonesty and in my opinion, criminal activity.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 01/03/14 - 11:43 pm
Dead End

Joe Wilson needs to spend his influence, time, energy, and fundraising on getting Republicans elected to the house and senate in November. If the senate cannot become majority republican, then our country is lost. Put the modular reactors on the back burner!

Bodhisattva 01/04/14 - 07:26 am
If Republicans win the

If Republicans win the Senate, with the most gerrymandered House in generations, the only thing stopping the country from becoming a complete corporatocracy/plutocracy will be the veto pen. Notice: One country for sale to highest bidder.

SCEagle Eye
SCEagle Eye 01/04/14 - 09:54 am
big spender for big government

Why does Rep. Wilson insist on government funding for small modular reactors, which are only a concept, and others misguided and costly projects like MOX? If they are such a great idea the free market will support them. Sounds a lot like Socialism for special interests and reveals that Wilson is no fiscal conservative.

justthefacts 01/04/14 - 10:57 am
Oh Bod

You're just trying to cheer us up.

KSL 01/04/14 - 07:34 pm
I thought Bod was not going

I thought Bod was not going to post.

LSuschena 01/07/14 - 08:24 am
big spender for big government new

"misguided and costly projects like MOX?"

You do understand the purpose of MOX is to dispose of the weapons grade plutonium that at one time were the warheads aimed at the US? The only way to dispose of plutonium is to detonate it or burn it up in reactors? Pick your poison or should we just store it for the next billion years and hope that it never gets reassembled into a warhead?

"If they are such a great idea the free market will support them."

Should we also apply the same criteria to solar and wind? Neither of which are viable without Government funding or tax credits. Can you say Solyndra? How much did that cost and it too was "only" a concept".

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