CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis on Tuesday released a statement in response to TerraPower’s announcement that Kemmerer had been selected as the preferred site for the construction of a new Natrium nuclear reactor demonstration project.
“Wyoming powers America, and I’m so excited for the way that advanced nuclear energy production is going to play a role in our state’s energy sector and economy for years to come,” Lummis said. “TerraPower and PacifiCorp’s decision to build their new Natrium reactor in Kemmerer is a huge boon not only to Kemmerer, but to Wyoming’s and America’s future energy independence. I look forward to watching this plant come to fruition, and am proud to support Wyoming’s continued place as the number one net energy exporter in the nation.”
TerraPower and PacifiCorp announced in June that the Natrium reactor would be built in Wyoming, but the specific site was not announced until Tuesday.
Proponents of the new Natrium technology hail it as an advancement that could help meet energy needs in a more sustainable, environmentally friendly manner. Detractors have said that the technology as proposed for development is not really a step up from existing nuclear technology. Casper College will be exploring whether the Natrium technology will be a benefit for Wyoming during a presentation set on Tuesday, December 7.