Ky Lawmakers Pass Nuclear Power Bill to Lift Moratorium

Mar 15, 2017

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

Kentucky lawmakers have voted to open the door to nuclear power. The Kentucky House passed the bill 65 to 28 Wednesday, sending it to Governor Matt Bevin.

Bevin told Cincinnati radio station WKRC this week that he would not veto the bill if it reaches his desk.

Representative Steven Rudy said it would take at least a decade for developers to get a nuclear power plant operational in Kentucky due to the rigorous permitting process. Representative Jim Gooch Jr. said the bill is a "kick in the teeth" to the state’s coal industry.

The legislation would lift Kentucky's decades-long moratorium on nuclear energy.