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Ohio bill would create nonprofit to promote advanced nuclear research

Technicians inspect a heat exchanger at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A new Ohio bill would promote a nuclear energy technology tested there in the 1960s.

“Ohio House Rep. Dick Stein, R-Norwalk, introduced the Advanced Nuclear Technology Helping Energize Mankind (ANTHEM) Act last week. The bill would set up a nonprofit Ohio nuclear development authority to promote advanced nuclear reactor technology, nuclear waste reduction, isotope extraction and related activities. It has 17 co-sponsors, all Republicans.

‘The intent is to move the ball forward and make Ohio a leader in advanced reactor technology,’ Stein said.

Nuclear watchdogs, though, said the bill would mostly benefit investors while shifting risk to the state. And it promotes pie-in-the-sky goals that distract and divert attention from more promising climate solutions, they said.”

— Kathiann Kowalski, Midwest Energy News Network 

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