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What are small modular nuclear reactors, and why are three provinces uniting to build them?

News Summed Up 2019-12-03 05:30:00

Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have pledged to work together to build smaller nuclear reactors in an effort to reduce emissions and help fight climate change. The premiers gathered on Sunday to sign a memorandum of understanding to develop small modular reactors (SMRs) ahead of a meeting of the Council of the Federation. Small modular reactors are basically smaller-than-usual nuclear reactors that are sometimes considered safer due to their size. Canada’s current nuclear reactors supply between 515 and 881 MWe. SMRs could replace larger nuclear reactors when they are decommissioned as well as CO2-producing coal plants.


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