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How to Speed Up the Rollout of Small Nuclear Power Plants

Bloomberg’s Will Wade writes on permitting challenges for small nuclear power plants.

The C3 Take
  • As the United States looks to diversify its energy portfolio, regulatory hurdles are hamstringing progress.
  • Small modular nuclear reactors, which can be easily scaled and deployed, take years to be built because of an archaic regulatory process.
  • To accelerate the deployment of clean and reliable energy, policymakers should modernize regulations to keep up with the pace of American innovation.

“DeWitte says the design is ready to go, but he can’t proceed without a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Oklo submitted an application in 2020, which the agency kicked back in January, saying it was missing some key details. The company says its technology is different from conventional reactors and so was its application; it expects to submit a revised version by year’s end.”

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