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Critics Urge Utah Cities To Leave Nuclear Power Project

A Utah tax watchdog group and a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are calling on cities to pull out of a planned nuclear power plant project before it becomes too expensive. 

The Deseret News reports the Carbon Free Power Project is promoted as the next generation design for nuclear power, but critics worry the small modular reactor design is unproven and not cost effective. The project called NuScale is backed heavily by the U.S. Department of Energy, which gave  a competitive award of $226 million in 2013 to develop the technology.