Governor Bevin Says He Will Not Veto Nuclear Bill

Mar 14, 2017

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
Credit U.S. Department of Energy, energy.gov

  Governor Matt Bevin says he will not veto a bill that would lift Kentucky’s decades-old ban on nuclear power.

Bevin told WKRC Radio in Cincinnati he does not think nuclear power would replace coal as the state's dominant source of energy.

Older coal-fired power plants are being shut down and replaced by natural gas. According to the Kentucky Coal Association, the remaining plants provide 83% of the state's electricity, a ten percent drop compared to three years ago.

Bevin says he knows of no plans to build a nuclear power plant in Kentucky, adding "it is hard to predict the future."