A year-long study will be conducted of potential locations for small modular nuclear reactors, the Nebraska Public Power District said Friday.

Advanced small modular reactors are a new type of nuclear reactor that are more scalable and have more refined safety features than commercial nuclear reactors that are operating today, NPPD said.

The Nebraska legislature allocated $1 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for the siting study.

NPPD has an operating nuclear power plant, Cooper Nuclear Station.

The first phase of the study involves doing a Nebraska-wide assessment to determine the 15 best locations, based on geographic data and other factors, including access to water and transmission lines. Phase one is estimated to be complete this spring, NPPD spokesman Grant Otten said.

The second phase, a more in-depth evaluation, will narrow the possible sites to four. Otten said this phase is estimated to take about a year.

The international engineering firm, Burns & McDonnell, which has experience in development and design of advanced small modular reactors, will help with the study, Otten said.

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