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Trump-Perry throwing millions more of taxpayer money: Phase 1 NuScale Small Modular Reactor DOE Funding: $40,000,000; Non-DOE: $40,000,000; Total : $80,000,000 https://www.energy.gov/articles/secretary-energy-rick-perry-announces-60-million-us-industry-awards-support-advanced
Phase II NuScale DOE Funding: $7,000,000; Non-DOE: $7,100,000; Total: $14,100,000
BWRX-300 small light water reactor concept DOE Funding: $1,925,038; Non-DOE: $481,260; Total: $2,406,298 https://www.energy.gov/ne/articles/us-department-energy-provides-nearly-20-million-domestic-advanced-nuclear-technology
Greenpeace’s Justin McKeating made an excellent analysis of NuScale last year (see below our commentary).
However, he overlooked that the US DOE actually invented NuScale under the name of MASLWR. So, this is at least a second round of government funding. The US government dropped MASLWR and former DOE workers picked it up, probably after the patent expired, dubbing it NuScale. And, they are still feeding off the taxpayer pork barrel dole. Plus, it’s NuScale Not! The nuclear industry only knows how to recycle the same old stuff.
There doesn’t appear to be much, if anything, new about NuScale. The only known immediate nuclear deaths from a nuclear accident, in the US, were from a mini-SL-1 reactor that made nuclear fallout in rural Idaho.  In 1968, in…
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