Smaller Nuclear Plants May Come With Less Stringent Safety Rules

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For more than a half century, nuclear power has been focused on one kind of plant: a huge, complicated, expensive facility, with armed guards, located away from cities and next to a river. Now, a new generation of nuclear engineers focused on climate change is designing plants that are smaller and cheaper, and could be located closer to where people live. Companies say the plants are also safer, but to help their business models succeed they need changes to regulations that were designed for the larger existing plants. One of the start-ups getting attention is Oklo , whose proposed nuclear power plant looks more like a stylish ski chalet than an industrial facility. "We're not using water. We're not large. We're not using the same type of fuel. We're...

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Smaller Nuclear Plants May Come With Less Stringent Safety Rules

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