Nuclear Power

Environment & Public Lands
5:52 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Lawmakers Caught in Transmission Line Power Play

TransWest Express LLC wants to build and operate an electricity transmission line. House Bill 44 would require TransWest to offer capacity on its line to Utah companies. Investor-owned TransWest says its too soon for contracts like that that and vows to sue if lawmakers pass the bill.
Credit TransWest Express LLC

    

As the legislative session winds down, lawmakers find themselves in the middle of a power play between energy businesses over an interstate electric transmission line.

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Environment & Public Lands
11:58 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Nuclear Developer Ready to Move Ahead After Water Ruling

Green River near Green River, UT
Tony Frates/Flickr

  Last week, a judge in Price ruled that Utah’s state engineer acted properly in allowing a development company to lease water rights in the Green River for a proposed nuclear power plant.  Blue Castle Holdings is now planning to move ahead with the next step -- applications to federal regulators  for the plant itself. 

Blue Castle has agreed to lease rights to more than 53,000 acre-feet of water to operate a 3,000 megawatt power plant near Green River.  Environmental groups had challenged the agreement, and they may yet appeal the court’s ruling. 

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Environment & Public Lands
2:32 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Western States Endorse Plan for Mini-Nuclear Plant

NuScale's small nuclear reactor design
NuScale Power

  Several Western states are involved in an initiative to study small-scale nuclear power plants. The first of this new generation of nuclear reactors could be built in Idaho.

Oregon-based NuScale Power has been developing its design for a 47-megawatt power plant that would not need extra water, electricity or even human intervention to stay safe in an emergency.  Now it hopes to build one at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:00 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Tooele County Nuclear Storage Site Canceled

Overview of proposed nuclear storage site in Skull Valley, Utah
Private Fuel Storage, LLC www.privatefuelstorage.com

After major opposition from Utah’s top elected officials a group of utility companies has once and for all scrapped their plans to build an above ground nuclear waste storage facility in Tooele County. The companies wanted to construct radioactive waste containers on a 100-acre area on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation. The site also sits very close to the Utah Test and Training Range where the military frequently drops and tests explosives.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Hinckley Forums: Serious Rules for Nuclear Power Without Proliferation

Hinckley Institute of Politics Froums

December 11, 2012

Serious Rules for Nuclear Power Without Proliferation

Henry Sokolski, Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center

Click here for more information about the Hinckley Institute of Politics Forums at the University of Utah.

Past Hinckley forums can be found here.

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