SMRs are a high profile political issue -- policymakers and public.
[William D., Commissioner -- NRC, “AN EXAMINATION OF THE SAFETY AND ECONOMICS OF LIGHT WATER SMALL MODULAR REACTORS: HEARING before a SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS UNITED STATES SENATE ONE HUNDRED TWELFTH CONGRESS FIRST SESSION, SPECIAL HEARING, JULY 14, 2011--WASHINGTON DC,” http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-112shrg72251/html/CHRG-112shrg72251.htm]
The various concepts known as SMRs have garnered a great deal of interest both inside theGovernment and in the public, and I understand this interest for all the reasons that Dr. Lyons has outlined. I won't try to repeat all those points. These are all laudable and important interests. However, I'm sure the subcommittee will hear, over the course of the morning, that all these possibilities are really just still that, possibilities. We're really only at the very early first steps of this venture and there's much work to be done.