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CASPER — Wyoming leaders are jazzed about nuclear. The hope, for many, is that the advanced reactor set to be built in Kemmerer next decade will mark the emergence of a lucrative new industry.    Particularly beyond the state, however, experts are continuing to debate the technology’s potential —...
CASPER – The city of Kemmerer, Wyoming, feels a sense of pride for its tough little wastewater treatment plant. For 42 years, the plant has quietly serviced hundreds of homes.  It’s chugged through economic booms that stretched it to capacity and busts that forced many residents to move out. Under...
UW begins nuclear energy research project   By Abby Vander Graaff Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange   LARAMIE — As nuclear energy makes its way into Wyoming, local scientists will join a nationwide effort to learn more about emerging nuclear technologies and potential impacts on...
A bill to clarify Wyoming’s permitting authority over TerraPower’s proposed Natrium nuclear plant in Kemmerer is advancing in the budget session with broad support, despite a row over future taxation.  House Bill 131 – Nuclear power generation and storage-amendments,  sponsored by Rep. Donald...
Nuclear project could be the catalyst for economic diversification   By Greg Johnson Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange   LARAMIE — Last summer’s bombshell announcement that Wyoming will be home to a first-of-its-kind nuclear demonstration project has energized the Cowboy State’s efforts...

The residents and leaders of Kemmerer, population 2,800, are preparing for the construction of a next-generation nuclear power plant near their community. A coal-fired plant near Kemmerer has been selected as the site for the Natrium reactor demonstration plant. (Photo by Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com)

Kemmerer’s locals, leaders eye transition to nuclear-power boom town   By Dustin Bleizeffer, WyoFile.com   KEMMERER — A relic of 1950s-era motor lodges, the Antler Motel in the heart of Kemmerer rarely has to light its “no vacancy” sign, though customer traffic is steady during the summer tourist...
Industry criticizes plan to tap oil reserves   By Nicole Pollack Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange   CASPER — The federal government will pull oil from the country’s emergency stockpile in an effort to bring down stubbornly high fuel prices, the White House said Tuesday. Over the next...
Bomb squad detonates bags of explosive slurry found in Guernsey reservoir   GUERNSEY (WNE) — Two hikers who were traveling through the dry Guernsey reservoir bottom came upon bags of high explosive slurry last Saturday and reported it to Guernsey Park ranger Chris Delay.  According to Delay, the...
Company to proceed with rare earth demonstration plant   SUNDANCE (WNE) — Rare Element Resources (RER) has finally received the $21.9 million funding promised by the U.S. Department of Energy. The company announced last week that its next goal is to construct a demonstration plant in Upton that...

An illustration shows the TerraPower and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Natrium technology, which features a sodium fast reactor combined with a molten salt energy storage system. (Courtesy of TerraPower)

Multi-billion dollar Natrium nuclear project inches forward   By Nick Reynolds, WyoFile.com   A progress report to members of the Joint Committee on Minerals, Business & Economic Development in Laramie Thursday offered mostly good news to proponents of building a first-of-its-kind nuclear...

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