‘Devastating’ or ‘really safe’: Southern Utah cities set financial caps for nuclear power project

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ST. GEORGE — Several Southern Utah cities are putting financial limits on their involvement in a nuclear power project after other Utah cities pulled out.
Following the withdrawal of seven Utah cities from the Carbon Free Power Project before the October deadline, the Southern Utah cities have passed resolutions to cap financial obligation for the first phase of licensing.
As previously reported by St. George News, the Carbon Free Power Project is a special purpose entity owned by Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, more commonly known as UAMPS. The power plant is planned to be located at the department’s Idaho National Laboratory site near Idaho Falls. The reactor modules are approximately one-seventh the size of a regular reactor and the total number they decide to use can be adapted. As it currently stands, a total of 12 modules would make up the plant.
So far, seven Utah cities have withdrawn from participating in the project including Heber, Logan, Bountiful, Beaver, Lehi, Murray and Kaysville. Participating cities in Washington County include Washington City, Santa Clara, Hurricane and Enterprise. Iron County cities Paragonah and Parowan are also taking part.
While Beaver remains the only Southern Utah city to drop out, all remaining Southern …

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