Utah Gov. Gary Herbert last week endorsed an Oregon company's bid to build small, modular nuclear reactors under a new U.S. Energy Department program.
Herbert urged Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to support an application by NuScale Power LLC to receive federal funding.
NuScale is part of the Western Initiative for Nuclear that Herbert, five other governors and the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems signed onto in June. Herbert wrote to Moniz in his July 30 letter the program "provides an important pathway to test the technical and economic viability of a clean and promising nuclear technology."