The Obama administration gave the struggling U.S. nuclear industry a glimmer of hope this week by allowing new reactors to count more toward meeting federal emissions limits.
States can take more credit for carbon-free electricity to be generated by nuclear power plants that are still under construction as they work to comply with emissions-reduction targets set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The boost for new nuclear was outlined in the Obama administration’s final Clean Power Plan released Monday.Not mentioned in the article are the new generation of designs for nuclear power plants that could be game changing: smalller and cheaper. They can be maufactured in a plant and moved into position. They do not necessarily use either uranium or plutonium, thus making for less radioactive waste.