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Industry pitch for saving Davis-Besse is focused on climate change

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station (Credit: NRC)

“A national watchdog group often critical of nuclear power, the Cambridge, Mass.-based Union of Concerned Scientists, recently issued a report stating the nation’s historically safest and best-run [nuke] plants should be kept operating to help fight climate change. Davis-Besse, which had numerous safety and reporting violations in years past, did not make that group’s list of preferred plants.

Ms. Korsnick lauded the UCS for supporting nuclear plants on the climate change issue. She said growing concerns about climate change have led to support from other groups and businesses that a few years ago would have been unexpected.

E & E News reported on Feb. 8 that the Green New Deal proposed by U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D., Mass.), a longtime nuclear critic, and freshman congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) initially did not include nuclear. The publication cited a fact sheet on Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’ website, which later was revised.

Mr. Markey, cited by Ms. Korsnick as one of the nuclear industry’s newest and more unlikely allies, later told reporters the Green New Deal is meant to be technology-neutral, suggesting that nuclear could still be on the table.”

— Tom Henry, The Blade 

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