By Dustin Bleizeffer 

Towns face chicken-and-egg dilemma with nuclear project needs


Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile

Kemmerer, population 2,800, was selected as the host community for TerraPower's Natrium nuclear reactor power plant.

KEMMERER- When a 16-inch diameter ductile-iron municipal water pipeline failed this spring, a crew dug in for repairs. They found that the 40-year-old line was so brittle that repressuring it after patching it up created more breaks 100 yards away. The crew chased and patched leaks over several days until they ran out of repair "bands" and had to find a manufacturer to build new ones.

Forty-seven homes were without potable water for days as the community pitched in with water deliveries and made sure people could shower at the recreation center.

"We definitely need upgrades," said Brent Mc...

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