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Impression of the presentation regarding the Construction of Nuclear Power Plants In West Virginia by Samuel Moss

By Folk Reporter and Charleston Native Samuel Moss - Husband, Father, Inventor

Impression of the presentation regarding the repeal of §16-27A-1 and §16-27A-2: Ban on Construction of Nuclear Power Plants In West Virginia

The commercial utilization of nuclear energy has been around since the mid-1950s, and contrary to the beliefs of some, this green zero carbon emission source of energy is the most efficient and reliable method in providing energy to the masses. Despite this fact, West Virginia is one of thirteen states that currently has a ban against nuclear power plants. As the effects of climate change are becoming more prevalent, West Virginia legislation is now considering lifting this ban. In March of 2021, a House Bill was introduced to repeal this ban; and today various representatives from the Nuclear Energy Institute, Terra Power, Nuscale, American Electric Power, Appalachian Power, Curio, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources exhibited a presentation on the possible benefits of allowing nuclear power plants to operate in West Virginia.

Some of the highlights from the presentation covered the following: How the construction of a nuclear power plant would temporarily generate more than 1,200 jobs; and upon the completion of construction, a force of 270 personnel would be utilized to run each plant for the next 60 years. How some of the latest nuclear plants use advanced techniques in heat mediums and energy conversion to reduce nuclear waste in comparison to conventional methods. How West Virginia’s coal-fired plants can be converted into nuclear plants. How nuclear plants produce almost two times more energy than natural gas-fired and almost 3 times more energy than coal-fired plants while mitigating and protecting against possible black and brownouts. Besides obtaining energy from a zero-carbon emission plant facility, probably the best possible benefit covered was how operating nuclear power plants in West Virginia would increase the salaries of those operating these plants in comparison to coal-fired power plants.

As a Navy Veteran who has severed and deployed on both nuclear-powered and fossil fuel-powered ships, I have been able to experience first-hand how nuclear power plants are more efficient, convenient, and reliable than those reliant on fossil fuels. In comparison, Navy ships that are not nuclear powered must conduct continuous dangerous and complicated underway replenishments with fueling ships, resulting in warships being left repeatedly vulnerable to enemy attack if not protected by an accompanying guided missile ship. Nuclear-powered ships do not require fueling replenishments, which greatly reduces the amount of time a ship is left vulnerable from replenishments. In addition, nuclear ships not dependent on fuel are able to operate independently for extended periods of time. If West Virginia allows nuclear power plants to operate within the state lines, any issues that may arise from disrupted supply lines is no longer a major mitigating factor. America’s current issues with interrupted supply lines would alone be a solid reason why West Virginia needs to diversify its sources of energy by incorporating nuclear power plants as an energy option to supply the state’s growing energy needs with advancing technologies. To simply put it, nuclear energy allows West Virginia the capability to operate more independently with greater efficiency.

Upon the conclusion of the presentation, delegates were allotted time to direct questions and concerns towards the presenters. Even though voting will be held on a later date to possibly repeal the ban on nuclear power plants; the general atmosphere seemed open to the possibility of incorporating nuclear energy into West Virginia’s energy diversity.

By Samuel Pierre Moss

Husband - Father- Inventor - Physics Enthusiast.

Read more about him on Fusion and Gravity.

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