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Trump Is Trying To Revive Nuclear Power: What Are The Issues?

ArmchairPolitiicianNuclearPower, September 2, 2017, by Brad Peery, WWW. ArmchairPolitician.US,

Nuclear power faces competition from natural gas and wind power. President Trump has initiated a study to develop a plan for nuclear power plants. It is likely to include what to do with regard to the aging power plants, and examine the costs and other issues of a new generation of power plants. Subsidizing at-risk nuclear reactors to keep them online through 2020 would require an estimated $2.9 billion annually, *Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates. There is also the issue of how to compensate the operators of nuclear power plants for their ability to provide zero carbon energy.

Another issue is an array of regulatory challenges, and how to fix them, including a costly government licensing process for new nuclear plant designs.

A major issue that is not often discussed is how to provide long-term storage of nuclear waste, and the cost and safety of the storage facilities. A House committee recently approved legislation that would revive research on permanently storing spent radioactive material at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. The nuclear waste storage issue is controversial.

Energy Secretary Rick Parry is a supporter of nuclear power, and has vowed to make the U.S. the leader in its development. There is an international market for nuclear reactors that will be filled by other countries such as China or Russia, if the U.S. is not a leader.

ArmchairPolitician.US Opinion
Nuclear power will continue to be a large international industry. An example of the negative effects are the nuclear power capabilities transferred by Russia to Iran that formed the core of their nuclear weapons ambitions. The U.S. needs to continue developing the industry, if only for international nuclear reactor sales. The proposed budget of the Trump administration would reduce Energy Department funding by 28 percent, including the support for small modular reactors, and advanced large light-water reactors. The nuclear power industry developments proposed by Trump could help it regain is place as a future source of clean energy, assuming sufficient government financial support is provided.

* Trump’s Plans for a Nuclear Revival Will Begin With a Study
Bloomberg, by Jennifer A Dlouhy, June 29, 2017

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