[REGIONAL NEWS] Nuclear energy project that could power some Utah cities moves forward as environmental group warns of costs

An artist’s rendering of NuScale Power’s proposed small modular nuclear reactor plant, which will be located at Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho. /Photo courtesy of NuScale

By Taylor Stevens | The Salt Lake Tribune

An effort to bring nuclear energy to Utah cities has cleared a number of government hurdles in recent weeks — even as an environmental group has continued to raise concerns about the costs.

NuScale Power announced Monday that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission had completed the second and third phases of its review of the company’s small modular nuclear reactor design.

That marks a “significant milestone” in NuScale’s efforts to create its first plant at Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, where it could help power the more than 20 Utah cities currently signed onto what’s known as the Carbon Free Power Project from hundreds of miles away.


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