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November 21, 2012

Tennessee team wins grant to create small modular reactors

  • Babcock and Wilcox will work with Bechtel and the TVA to build reactors that can be made off-site and shipped to their eventual locations.
    Associated Press

    COLUMBIA, Mo. — A highly touted plan by Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse to design and build a series of next-generation nuclear reactors at the utility's Callaway County plant lost out Tuesday to a similar plan in Tennessee, dashing the hopes of state political leaders who envisioned an atomic energy revival in Missouri.

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced that Babcock and Wilcox of Charlotte, N.C., will receive the federal government's five-year grant to develop small modular reactors with the Tennessee Valley Authority as part of what the Obama administration calls its “all-of-the-above strategy” for energy production.

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