• Please use real names.

    Greetings to all who have registered to OPF and those guests taking a look around. Please use real names. Registrations with fictitious names will not be processed. REAL NAMES ONLY will be processed

    Firstname Lastname


    We are a courteous and supportive community. No need to hide behind an alia. If you have a genuine need for privacy/secrecy then let me know!
  • Welcome to the new site. Here's a thread about the update where you can post your feedback, ask questions or spot those nasty bugs!

In Perspective, Planet: Small-scale local nuclear electric power plants using recycled fuels!

James Lemon

Well-known member
I would imagine that this project is popular in Canada which, first, is major producer of Uranium, second, has remote communities for which building a power line may not make economical sense and, third, may not enjoy as much sun as countries on lower latitudes.

Ultra Safe Nuclear is actively developing new projects globally in communities showing overwhelming support for clean power from advanced nuclear reactors.

James Lemon

Well-known member
Again Peter,

What are the arguments against this by naysayers, environmentalists and other opponents?

....or perhaps this is like “Apple Pie” , “Motherhood” and bonuses for Christmas with everyone agreeing how wonderful it is?


Who the f..ck is Peter? This is supposed to be an objective view of a technology and up until a few days ago you new nothing about so how would I know their views? I really don't give a shit what they think. The fact is green machines like solar power and windmills can not break the law of physics. They have a very poor EROI and investing in such crap is just plain dumb and a waist of valuable resources. They require a 10 fold increase in extracting material from the earth to produce the same amount of energy as fossil fuel. How can that be good for the environment do you have any idea how much material has to be moved and processed to make one battery for an electric vehicle? Green machines come with some pretty significant environmental baggage of their own but most folks don't realize that.

Last edited:
Coming at this a year later.

While I like the concept of small or micro nuclear reactors, and what with being literally next to a shipyard that builds both Nuclear powered Aircraft Carriers and submarines (so a lot of those near me)

I have two issues.
1. Disposal of waste, of which the USA has done a poor job of. I had hoped some of the breeder tech would work well enough to minimize that but several decades later still hasn't, YET. The micro reactors still leave decaying material, which gets into point #2.
2. security issues. The more diverse sources of radioactive material the easier it is for some evil human to collect it and then use it in a dirty bomb. It is related to why we don't have nuclear powered main battle tanks. It was not that it would not work, it was because they were likely to leave radioactive material all over the battlefield if they got into combat. similar for cars and planes, accidents happen. and the more locations for those to happen, the more likely.

The above said I am reasonably good with nuclear power plants as long as they are secure from theft, terrorism, and built to a 8.0 earthquake standard even if not in a likely 8,0 earthquake zone. Most nuclear plants are not built to that standard. including the North Anna plants which were built to 5.4 and they had a 5.6 and were very very lucky.


New member
Jérôme and James,

I like the fact that it’s a huge organization, business risk and regulatory challenge which tests our appreciation of the values and hidden hazards of advanced technology. It also raises, once again, the ethical conundrum of whether we should do what we can do or what we “should“ do!

Welcome to the forum, Asher! It's great to have you here. It's true that technology brings with it a lot of ethical questions and considerations. It's also true that it presents opportunities for us to push the limits of what we can do. It's an interesting space to explore, and I'm sure you'll have plenty to bring to the conversation!