Feds mull building nuke plant in Centralia
‘The small modular reactor is the new thing … None have been built.’
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is considering constructing a nuclear power plant to replace either one or both coal-fired power plants in Centralia.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a think tank managed by DOE’s Office of Science, submitted an April 2021 study to DOE analyzing the feasibility of replacing Centralia Big Hanaford Power Plant’s one or both coal-fired power plants with small modular reactors (SMRs). The report is titled, “Techno-economic Assessment for Generation III+ Small Modular Reactor Deployments in the Pacific Northwest.” The full text is attached to this story.
The electricity plant is located about two miles by air south of the Lewis County-Thurston County border and is about a seven mile drive from Bucoda. It is also known as the TransAlta Centralia plant.