New “mini” nuclear reactor technology should be built at the site of a former nuclear power station in Wales, a committee of Welsh MPs has said. The Trawsfynydd nuclear plant in Snowdonia National Park has been shut down since 1991 and is undergoing the lengthy process of decommissioning. In a report, MPs on the Welsh Affairs select committee said the site would make an “ideal” location to build small modular reactors, dubbed “mini-nukes”, and urged the Government to designate it as a site for their construction. Trawsfynydd was not included on the list of approved sites for new nuclear construction drawn up by the Government in 2009, due to its inland, national park location and small size. But there is growing support in Wales for the idea that it could be suitable for small module reactor (SMR) technology, which is by definition smaller and proponents say will be much easier to construct.
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