If all goes as planned, Wyoming will have a nuclear reactor.

But this is not your traditional reactor. It's a new design. For one thing, it does not use as much water as the older designs.

Also, it will not produce waste in the traditional way and there will be a lot less of that waste. What byproducts are produced will be stored on site.

The Natrium nuclear reactor that is expected to be built in Wyoming comes with a lot of questions.

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Those questions will be addressed at Casper College during an upcoming event.

Dr. Glen Hansen will be the speaker. He is an adjunct engineering instructor at Casper College.

Dr. Hansen will attempt to explain, in a way the layman can understand what a Natrium reactor is, and how it works differently than the older models.

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He will also attempt to address any issues and concerns.

When it comes to this kind of power plan and the fact that it is nuclear, there are always concerns. The Union of Concerned Scientists, for example, is not so sure about the claims made by TerraPower about this new system.

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To attend Dr. Hansen’s presentation at Casper College you'll need to be in your seat by 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 7 in the Durham Auditorium.

The presentation is being hosted by the Zeta Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Casper College. Dr. Hansen is an adviser to this group.

ABOUT DR. GLEN HANSEN: Managed the Computational Multiphysics Department at Sandia National Laboratories. Led the development of computational nuclear engineering software at Idaho National Laboratory. Was deputy group leader in X-Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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