Source: Clarksville Online | October 15, 2020

United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) says Oak Ridge National Laboratory will support the development of new advanced nuclear reactors after the U.S. Department of Energy awarded $160 million to two projects as part of the Advanced Reactors Demonstration Program (ARDP).

The new program, which was created last year, is a cost-shared partnership between the federal government and private industry. The funding that was announced will support the construction of  two reactors that are intended to be operational in five to seven years.

“Nuclear power must be part of our energy future if we want clean, cheap, and reliable energy that can create good jobs.  To make sure nuclear power has a future in this country, and keep America competitive in a global economy, we need to develop advanced reactors that have the potential to be smaller, cost less, and produce less waste than today’s reactors. We need to stop talking about advanced reactors and actually build something,” Senator Alexander said.

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