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State Officials Should Be Concerned about Premature Closures of Nuclear Plants


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Statement from Tracy Mason--the Nuclear Energy Institute's senior director for public affairs--in:
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(MASON):
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SOME NUCLEAR POWER-PLANTS IN THE MIDWEST AND NORTHEAST FACE THE THREAT OF PREMATURE CLOSURE--EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE RELIABLY GENERATING LARGE AMOUNTS OF ELECTRICITY.  THIS INCLUDES PLANTS IN ILLINOIS, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW YORK, OHIO, AND PENNSYLVANIA.  OFFICIALS IN THOSE STATES, AND ELSEWHERE, NEED TO ASK:  WHAT WOULD HAPPEN, IF MORE REACTORS SHUT DOWN BECAUSE OF DISTORTED ELECTRICITY-MARKETS AND ENERGY-POLICY FLAWS?  FOR STARTERS, THE RELIABILITY OF THE ELECTRIC GRID WOULD BE AT RISK.  SECOND, CARBON-EMISSIONS WOULD INCREASE--AS WE SAW WHEN WISCONSIN'S 'KEWAUNEE' NUCLEAR PLANT CLOSED, A FEW YEARS AGO.  NUCLEAR ENERGY PRODUCES NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF AMERICA'S CARBON-FREE POWER; WITHOUT IT, CARBON-EMISSIONS FROM THE ELECTRIC SECTOR WOULD BE 25-PERCENT HIGHER.  WE WANT RELIABLE ELECTRICITY, 24-SEVEN--AND WE NEED CLEAN AIR.  WITHOUT NUCLEAR ENERGY, WE RISK LOSING BOTH."



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