A new generation of nuclear reactors called SMRs could be producing power in the U.S. within the next ten years.

mPower_ReactorA new generation of nuclear reactors called SMRs could be producing power in the U.S. within the next ten years.

A lot of it though will depend on what happens on the Clinch River in Oak Ridge.

It is there that manufacturer Babcock and Wilcox, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Department of Energy have partnered to build the nation’s first small modular reactor, an SMR.

A lot is at stake, and not just for the partners. Tennessee Valley consumers will be impacted too.

The question: Will it be positive or negative?

6 News traveled to Lynchburg, Virginia, where B&W is already engaged in research and development, to seek the answer.

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Source: Gene Patterson | WATE-TV Channel | March 25, 2013
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