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OSU prof leads nuclear charge

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Monday, March 08, 2010

Oregon State University professor Jose Reyes Jr. is the chief technology officer for NuScale Power, which is seeking approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a smaller and simpler reactor than the Three Mile Island plant whose reactor core partially melted in 1979.

Reyes hopes it will be a move toward a nuclear-power resurgence, which he says has made significant improvements over the years.

"There have been huge advances in maintenance, operations and safety," Reyes says. "There's no carbon dioxide, no acid rain. Nuclear has a lot of advantages over coal-fired plants."

The Northwest has a humbling history with nuclear power, including the premature shutdown of Portland General Electric's Trojan plant and the abandonment of partially finished plants by the Washington Public Power Supply System, more commonly known as "Whoops."

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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