Illinois Lifts Nuclear Power Plant Moratorium

In the last week of 2023 Veto Session, Illinois lawmakers officially lifted Illinois’ 36-year moratorium on the construction of new nuclear power plants, kickstarting a new era for both the state’s economy and environmental efforts. The move is set to open doors for the deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) which are a modern nuclear technology with significant energy generating potential.

SMRs are known for their versatility and efficiency and are uniquely designed to be transported and installed in various locations – such as large industrial sites – to provide a reliable power source. This innovative approach to energy creation promises to strengthen the state’s energy infrastructure and support large-scale industrial operations with a steady, clean, and affordable power supply.

Recently a renowned nuclear physicist, James Walker with NANO Nuclear Energy, has weighed in on the law change emphasizing the benefits of SMRs. Walker says the concerns raised by some critics regarding nuclear waste disposal are largely misguided and fear driven. According to him and other nuclear experts, advancements in nuclear technology have made SMRs a safe and viable option for the state.

Illinois’ decision to embrace SMRs marks a significant step forward in its commitment to sustainable and economic energy solutions. This development not only positions Illinois as a leader in nuclear innovation but also demonstrates a strong commitment to a cleaner, more prosperous future.

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