Monday, February 7, 2011

Two states lift long-term bans on new nuclear reactors

Minnesota and Kentucky open options to secure their long-term energy security

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Winds of change are blowing for the better for nuclear energy in two states – Minnesota and Kentucky. Both states rely heavily on coal which makes what is happening all the more significant.

Coal from North Dakota that fires new power plants in Minnesota won't last forever, and could in future years become subject to an expensive carbon tax.

Legislators in Minnesota, which already has two nuclear power stations, have opened options to build more.

Similarly, Kentucky, which is a big coal state, is considering lifting its ban on new reactors linking that action to enhanced employment at the Paducah uranium enrichment plant.

The Minnesota Senate voted 50-14 to repeal the state's 17-year old moratorium. The bill now goes to the House where it is expected to pass.

In Kentucky, a bill offered by State Sen. Bob Leeper, S.34, was approved 7-3 by the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee. This is the fourth time Leeper has sponsored the bill and the first time he's made progress with it.

In the 1980s both states enacted bans on construction of new nuclear reactors because the federal government failed to develop a comprehensive solution to management of spent nuclear fuel.

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