Monday, June 4, 2018

Senate House Nuclear Energy Caucus Meets June 19 On Environmental Impacts Of Nuclear Power Plants Shutting Down

The bipartisan Senate House Nuclear Energy Caucus is scheduled to meet on June 19 to hear presentations from environmental organizations about the impact the pending shut down of nuclear power plants will have on meeting air quality and carbon-free electricity generation goals.
“Nuclear energy produces over 90 percent of Pennsylvania’s carbon emission-free electricity and is the only clean-air source that can produce large amounts of electricity around the clock,” said Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), one of four co-chairs of the Caucus.  “Average annual [carbon dioxide, a climate-changing greenhouse gas] CO2 emissions would be about 52 million tons greater absent the generation from Pennsylvania nuclear plants.”
He also noted nuclear power plants prevent substantial emissions from sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which contributes to the formation of ground level ozone pollution.  
The meeting will be held in Room 8E-A East Wing starting at 8:00 a..m.  Click Here to watch the hearing live online.
Senators Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) and John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) along with Representatives Becky Corbin (R-Chester) and Rob Matzie (D-Allegheny) serve as co-chairs of the Nuclear Energy Caucus.
For more information on past hearings and actions, visit the Senate-House Nuclear Energy Caucus webpage.

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