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Small Modular Nuclear Reactors: is nuclear in Oregon’s future?

June 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Free – $40

Join Solar Oregon and hear from advocates both supportive and opposed to a new generation of nuclear tech, and what it might mean for Oregon

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Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) represent a new generation of nuclear technology that promises to solve the high cost and safety concerns associated with traditional large nuclear reactors. Will they live up to their promise? Join Solar Oregon as we explore both the ups and the downs of a technology that–whether you love it or hate it–aims to be part of a carbon-free future.

We are joined by a special panel of experts spanning both sides of the SMR conversation:

Tom Sicilia, PG, is a hydrogeologist in the Nuclear Safety and Emergency Preparedness division of the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE). His background is in investigation and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. Since joining ODOE in 2018, he has been following developments in the nuclear energy sector. While his primary focus area is activities at the Hanford site, he is also become a resource for information on Small Modular Reactors.

Emma Redfoot is a board member and outreach specialist for Mothers for Nuclear, an organization focused on engaging in a dialogue surrounding the importance of nuclear energy as part of protecting nature for current and future generations. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Lewis and Clark College and an MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Idaho. Emma supports nuclear energy due to the environmental and social benefits it provides as an emissions free source of electricity that has been one of the major tools for rapid decarbonization around the world. She supports nuclear and renewable energy sources working together to provide clean, reliable, and affordable electricity to meet the intertwined challenges of climate change and energy accessibility.

Damon Motz-Storey leads Oregon PSR’s Healthy Climate Program advocating for a just transition from fossil fuels and nuclear power to clean, renewable energy. Damon coordinates Oregon PSR’s climate and environmental lobbying efforts to ensure that public health and safety are well-considered by policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels. Damon has been with Oregon PSR since 2016 and enjoys cooking, singing, and cycling around the city of Portland.


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