Why it takes so long to get advanced nuclear reactors up and running

C3’s writing on advanced nuclear reactors was featured in Deseret News.

C3, an online magazine put out by the Conservative Coalition for Climate Solutions, flagged the bills, including two that would cut costs. One of those bills is sponsored by Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah and another is sponsored by Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Indiana.

The magazine cited the certification process for NuScale’s VOYGR—which is the only advanced reactor design to receive certification from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

It took seven years to complete and cost NuScale $500 million. The original application alone was 12,000 pages and 2 million pages of regulatory audits. This is in addition to a pre-application process that took nearly 10 years to complete.

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