Editor, the Tribune: Pursuing development of small modular reactors for Missouri will fit well with the energy needs of the state ("Nuclear project a 'game changer,' " June 17).
Being able to add electrical capacity in smaller increments than the very large 1,000-plus-megawatts nuclear plants has many advantages. The cost per unit is smaller, and therefore it is easier to raise the capital; units can be added as needed to accommodate growth in demand; and the shorter construction time means greater certainty in deployment.
Finally, getting federal dollars to help support development will be a boost for the state.
Small reactors are likely to become part of the mix of electricity sources of the future, and Missouri would do well to be near the forefront in their development.
William H. Miller
2929 S. Hancock Hill Road