Small scale nuclear power plants. I am not sure this is a good idea.
Yep, I'm not sure either. But there is very little I am sure about. I always believe anything made by man will fail eventually. I look for things that perform the task they were designed for and have the lowest probability of failure. Small scale reactors may be the answer, but I don't think so. I don't think any nuclear reactor is the answer until we answer the question of what to do with the waste.
I'm sitting back waiting for a small hole to erode in the top of a rusty nuclear waste container in someones neighborhood. Rainwater will enter the container from the top and exit through a small rust hole at the bottom of the container. It will then flow across a parking lot to a storm drain. An entire neighborhood will wake up with radioactive particles emitting gamma rays and then the local river gets it and the lake downstream gets it.
The next day all of the news media have their cameras and microphones stuck in the face of the local plant supervisor asking how he can sleep at night knowing what he has done to this community. It doesn't matter that he and his company have been asking congress for years to allow them to store the waste in that big hole in Nevada.
Harry Reid will be demonstrating choreographed fits of rage on national television as he complains about his state getting the shaft from the country. Of course a few billion dollars in additional federal grants to Nevada will make everyone feel better about taking the waste from the rest of the country.
Would this scenario make a good movie?