CHEYENNE – TerraPower, Bill Gates’ nuclear power company, announced Tuesday that it has chosen Kemmerer as its preferred site for a planned nuclear reactor.

The project, announced in June, will be the first of several Natrium reactors the company plans to build near retiring coal-fired power plants within the next decade. The partnership between the state of Wyoming, TerraPower, PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power and the U.S. Department of Energy is a bid to add good-paying jobs to Wyoming’s economy and elsewhere while triggering a shift away from coal-powered energy.

Hannah Black is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s criminal justice reporter. She can be reached at hblack@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3128. Follow her on Twitter at @hannahcblack.

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