Youngkin and other nuclear proponents say Southwest Virginia’s abundant abandoned coal mine land and the need for jobs and economic development make the region an ideal spot for a small modular nuclear reactor. Critics say they’ve been left out of the discussion.
Small modular nuclear reactors are about a third of the size of typical reactors. There are no SMRs operating in the U.S., but experts say Virginia is equipped to build one if approvals go through.
Emory & Henry College’s School of Health Sciences would be the college partner for the high school program.
Speaking as part of Cardinal News Speaker Series in Bristol, the governor said he planned to announce more about the proposal in December.
The event is billed as a way to bring together business leaders, local officials, school superintendents, health care leaders and non-profit leadersin the region under one roof.
Governor has proposed putting such a reactor in Southwest Virginia.
The announcement comes after Gov. Glenn Youngkin declared support for such a reactor in Southwest Virginia.
Report says the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority is on the right track.
First site for the Energy DELTA Lab will be in Wise County.
Youngkin says state must be “all in” on nuclear energy.