With TMI closure ticking down, General Assembly looks into nuclear deal

With TMI closure ticking down, General Assembly looks into nuclear deal

State lawmakers and politicos are preparing for an early session fight over the future of Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry, the second biggest in all fifty states.

“It’s the worst kind of legislative challenge,” Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), co-chair of the state’s bipartisan Nuclear Caucus said. “It’s complicated, costly, urgent and irreversible.”

Allies of the industry have coalesced around a report, issued by the Nuclear Energy Caucus, which projects significant environmental and economic problems if the state’s nuclear plants falter in the coming years.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Transcript: Cutler talks redistricting, minimum wage and statute of limitations

Transcript: Cutler talks redistricting, minimum wage and statute of limitations

After 12 years climbing his way to the top, Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) took over as House Majority Leader for this session, replacing former Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana).

The PLS Reporter sat down with Cutler for a chat on some of the issues, from redistricting to support for nuclear plants and statute of limitations, that could shape the next year. The interview is printed below with some minor editing for clarity.
Thursday, January 17, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - November 26, 2018

Tweets of the Week - November 26, 2018

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, November 30, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Nuclear power legislative allies release report, call for state action to save industry

Nuclear power legislative allies release report, call for state action to save industry

A bipartisan group of General Assembly members, surrounded by cheering plant employees in a cramped Londonderry firehouse, released a report Thursday that called on their colleagues to take action and support the flagging nuclear power industry.

Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), a co-chair of the Nuclear Energy Caucus, laid out high stakes if the industry, which produces 42 percent of the state’s electricity, was left to perish as energy prices plummet, at least partially because of competition from natural gas.

“We’re not talking about a bailout, we’re not talking about a subsidy, we’re talking about valuing each resource appropriately,” Aument said. “Basing long-term energy decisions on short-term price...I think that’s foolish.”

Thursday, November 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Anti-nuclear activists raise waste concerns as atomic power works way back into political spotlight

Anti-nuclear activists raise waste concerns as atomic power works way back into political spotlight

As the 40th anniversary of the Three Mile Island meltdown approaches, local activists are launching a campaign against nuclear power in the state. Their effort opened Tuesday by questioning how to dispose of the industry’s waste.

“We still have five nuclear power plants, nine reactors and no nuclear toilet,” longtime activist Eric Epstein said.

The conversation comes as federal politicians try to restart a national conversation on where to put America’s nuclear waste, and state nuclear allies prepare to make the case that without aid, the industry could go bust in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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