Senator Barrasso: ‘We Need to Preserve and Expand Our Use of Nuclear Energy’

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U.S. Senator John Barrasso (Courtesy photo)
U.S. Senator John Barrasso (Courtesy photo)

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on nuclear energy Wednesday. Committee Chairman, U.S. Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming discussed the need to preserve and expand nuclear energy in the U.S. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.

The hearing was titled "Preserving and Expanding Clean, Reliable Nuclear Power: U.S. Commercial Nuclear Reactor Performance Trends and Safety Initiatives.” U.S. Senator John Barassso of Wyoming Chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and said that nuclear power provides clean, reliable, carbon free energy, to one in five American homes and businesses, and that it should be a central, growing share of our nation's energy mix if we are going to be serious about addressing our changing climate.

Barrasso said that the number of operating nuclear reactors peaked at 112 in 1990. He said that number has decreased significantly since that time.

Barrasso added that we need to expand and preserve our use of nuclear energy.

Barrasso said that we must also address what we do with the nuclear fuel once it is used and that Washington is long overdue to fulfill a legal obligation to permanently dispose of nuclear waste, which he said includes advancing a nuclear waste policy centered on completing the scientific review of the Yucca Mountain site. Barrasso added that if we are serious about addressing climate change, we must be serious about increasing nuclear power.

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