James Reuter

James Reuter, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, speaks Wednesday at The Virginian hotel in Lynchburg, Va., at an event to celebrate BWXT starting production of a type of nuclear fuel. Right: A model of a TRISO fuel particle is seen Wednesday at The Virginian hotel in Lynchburg, Va., at an event to celebrate BWXT starting production of a type of nuclear fuel.

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Executives of BWX Technologies, along with officials from the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Energy, NASA and Idaho National Laboratory gathered Wednesday at The Virginian hotel in Lynchburg to celebrate the company starting production of a type of nuclear fuel.

The fuel, called TRISO, will power the first microreactor built and operated in the United States, according to BWXT, a nuclear-services firm that employs about 2,600 people in the Lynchburg area.


A model of a TRISO fuel particle is seen Wednesday at The Virginian hotel in Lynchburg, Va., at an event to celebrate BWXT starting production…

This article first published in the Lynchburg, Virginia, News and Advance.

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