Nuclear Energy Insider: Congress and Senate Show Support for Small Modular Reactor Technology

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Senator Lindsay Graham and Congressman Jim Clyburn recently announced that they will be delivering an exclusive discussion in Columbia South Carolina in support for the commercialization of SMR technology.

After announcements earlier this year from SCANA, TVA, Hyperion and GE stating that they would also be attending the Small Modular Reactor Conference in Columbia on the 19-20 April, rumours began to circulate in Washington about the required support from the US Government to push this technology into commercialization before other countries capture this lucrative new market.

Congressman Jim Clyburn and Senator Lindsay Graham both represent South Carolina, and along with Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin have clubbed together in order to make South Carolina the hub for SMR commercialization and export. In reference to Jim Clyburn, president Barack Obama stated he is, "One of a handful of people who, when they speak, the entire Congress listens", which means this meeting is now more important than ever and may deliver the required political change for the US to ring-fence this new global market.

The meeting will host representatives from the US Government, US Army, DOE, TVA, SCANA, AREVA, General-Electric and other stakeholders plan how to move this technology into commercialization.

The Small Modular Reactor Conference is taking place on April 19-20, 2011 in Columbia South Carolina. For more information follow you will find more details including the conference agenda, speaking organisation and registration options.

If you have any questions, please get in touch

Tommy Angell

Head of Emerging MA

Nuclear Energy Insider
+44 (0) 207 375 7176


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