Panglossian puffery for mini reactors in new report from UK Government advisors that avoids addressing security and nuclear waste problems of small modular reactors.

David Lowry speaking at Bratislava Nuclear Energy Forum 2018

The report says “the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 agenda sets out 17 goals and how they will be implemented to meet the United Nation’s objectives around people, the planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. Nuclear and nuclear isotopes play an important role in nine of the 17 goals including: food security, improved nutrition, water and sanitation, climate change, conserving oceans and ecosystems, medical, energy for all and resilient infrastructure, industrialisation and innovation. The emergence of small nuclear as a commercially viable technology will further contribute to delivering these goals and the UK is well placed to take a leading role in their development both in the UK and across the global energy market.”Even for an atomic aficionado, finding so many positive atomic applications is quite an achievement! One of the SDGs is: “to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainable manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.” The report boldly asserts “Small reactors could play an important role in achieving these goals” without spelling  out how. I cannot relate this SDG to SMRs, however hard I try.

David Lowry’s Blog 7th Aug 2018


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