PA lawmakers examine nuclear plant closings

Tony Romeo
May 26, 2018 - 11:54 pm

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PENNSYLVANIA (KYW Newsradio) -- With two of Pennsylvania’s nuclear power stations slated for closure – including the Three Mile Island plant near Harrisburg -- a group of lawmakers is tackling the issue of the state’s declining nuclear power industry. 

The state legislature’s bipartisan Nuclear Energy Caucus formed last year with the stated purpose of highlighting, in its words, the “value and importance” of nuclear power. 

This past week, the caucus held a hearing on the potential impact of the industry’s struggles on jobs. 

Martin Williams is with Boilermakers Local 13 in Bucks County.

“Premature closure of Pennsylvania’s five nuclear plants will not only eliminate thousands of jobs and millions of hours of work opportunities, it will deprive the state of much needed revenue. Currently, Pennsylvania’s nuclear plants contribute $2 billion to the state’s economy and pay over $400 million in state and federal taxes.”

Critics, on the other hand, contend that the nuclear power industry is looking for government protection or even bailouts because it cannot compete with cheaper, natural gas-fired electricity.