By Ben Geman - 03/23/10 03:34 PM EDT
“Right now we are exploring a partnership with industry to obtain design certification from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for one or two designs. These SMRs are based on proven light-water reactor technologies and could be deployed in about 10 years,” Chu’s op-ed states.
The idea has also begun attracting attention on Capitol Hill. The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee introduced legislation in November aimed at helping develop standardized designs for reactors of less than 300 megawatts.