Small reactors could reshape nuclear industry, experts say

04/25/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Small modular reactors could reshape the nuclear industry, as they can be produced in factories and are easily hauled to selected sites, observers say. Such units also have a unique cooling system that minimizes the chances of meltdowns, proponents say. "They offer the potential for a new paradigm in how we think about construction of nuclear power plants," said Peter Lyons, assistant secretary for nuclear energy at the Department of Energy.

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