by Richard Crews
The U.S. is partnering with China to develop the new "traveling wave" technology for non-polluting nuclear power plants. (The system uses up old reactor fuel rods and even eats its own waste; plus it can be designed to require almost no maintenance for 60 years--at the end of which time there is nothing toxic to contend with.)
The deal is that it would take up to 10 years in the U.S. to navigate all the licensing requirements and regulatory controls, whereas in China--with far less stringent environmental safeguards--it can be done in 18 months.
Bun Gladieux, president of the Presssure Positive Company, has a blog with an interesting series of topics.
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