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In Tiny Wyoming Town, Bill Gates Bets Big on Nuclear Power

by The Associated Press


KEMMERER, Wyoming—In this sleepy Wyoming town that has relied on coal for over a century, a company founded by Bill Gates is launching an ambitious project to counter climate change: A nationwide reboot of nuclear energy technology.

Until recently, Kemmerer was little-known for anything except J.C. Penney’s first store and some 55-million-year-old fish fossils in quarries down the road.

Then in November, a company started by Gates, TerraPower, announced it had chosen Kemmerer for a nontraditional, sodium-cooled nuclear reactor that will bring on workers from a local coal-fired power plant scheduled to close soon…


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