Mini nuclear plant

February 2005
New Scientist;2/12/2005, Vol. 185 Issue 2486, p7
This article reports that a small Alaskan town with a population of 700 could become the site for an experimental mini nuclear power plant. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission met with local community leaders from Galena, an Athabaskan village 900 kilometers north-west of Anchorage on the Yukon river, to discuss licensing procedures. Also present were representatives of Toshiba, which will build the plant if it is licensed, and which seems to have initiated the project. The device, known as a "battery" because it has no moving parts, will generate about 10 megawatts of power, roughly 1 percent of a typical nuclear plant's capacity. The design has never been built, and anti-nuclear campaigners suspect that it is no coincidence that the company has chosen a remote, sparsely inhabited region, where it is more likely to get a licence.


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