EPA Official Encourages State Action to Preserve Nuclear
Thursday, Nov 12, 2015
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During a recent summit convened by the White House on the importance of nuclear energy to addressing climate change, the EPA’s top air official encouraged action at the state level to preserve existing nuclear energy facilities.
Janet McCabe who heads the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation stated that:
• “The Clean Power Plan is not all-powerful . . . . [w]e can’t, on our own, through this policy, change the trajectory for power plants that are affected by many, many factors.
• It is clear that if a . . . nuclear plant closes down, that is zero carbon generation that a state will need to accommodate in its plan. That’s definitely an incentive built in to keep those clean resources going.
• [S]tates can choose policies that incentivize those activities . . . .”
According to a State of Illinois report, the premature closure of at-risk plants in Illinois would have severe consequences for Illinois carbon emissions at a cost of up to $1.1 billion per year.
We need policy reforms like the Low Carbon Portfolio Standard that properly recognize and value the significant amount of carbon-free electricity that comes from Illinois’ nuclear fleet to level the playing field for all forms of clean energy and best position our state to meet EPA’s new carbon reduction rules.
Learn more about the benefits of nuclear energy at www.NuclearPowersIllinois.com