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Nuclear Plants in Several States Are at Risk of Prematurely Shutting Down


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Statement from Maria Korsnick--the Nuclear Energy Institute's chief operating officer--in:
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(KORSNICK):
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AMERICA HAS 99 NUCLEAR PLANTS, PROVIDING 20-PERCENT OF OUR ELECTRICITY--RELIABLY AND WITHOUT EMITTING GREENHOUSE-GASES.  IN SEVERAL STATES, HOWEVER, SOME OF THESE PLANTS ARE CLOSING--AND WILL MOSTLY BE REPLACED BY PLANTS BURNING NATURAL GAS.  THIS WILL RESULT IN MORE CARBON-DIOXIDE ENTERING THE ATMOSPHERE.  THE 'DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY' HAS JUST HELD A SUMMIT ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT CONFRONT OUR AT-RISK NUCLEAR PLANTS--AND THE CONSEQUENCES THAT RESULT FROM EARLY PLANT-RETIREMENTS.  IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT WE KEEP EXISTING NUCLEAR-POWER PLANTS OPERATING:  THEY ARE ECONOMIC-ENGINES IN THEIR HOST-COMMUNITIES.  AND, THEY ARE KEY TO ANY CREDIBLE PLAN TO PROVIDE [THE] ELECTRICITY [THAT] WE NEED--WHILE KEEPING THE AIR CLEAN.  POLICYMAKERS SHOULD CONSIDER BROADENING 'RENEWABLE'-ENERGY STANDARDS, INTO 'CLEAN'-ENERGY STANDARDS--SO THAT ALL CARBON-FREE SOURCES ARE TREATED EQUALLY.  WE SIMPLY CAN'T AFFORD [THE] PREMATURE SHUTDOWN OF MORE NUCLEAR PLANTS:  AMERICANS WANT RELIABLE ELECTRICITY AND CLEAN AIR.  AND, WITH NUCLEAR ENERGY, WE CAN HAVE BOTH."

To learn more about the Department of Energy's summit, click here.



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