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Senate OK Bills to Promote
Nuclear Energy in Washington

by Associated Press
KREM2, March 6, 2015

Energy Northwest operates the Columbia Generating Station and is interested in developing smaller nuclear reactors.	 (photo credit: Energy Northwest) OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Senate has approved a measure to advance nuclear power as part of Washington's future energy mix.

Senate Bill 5113, which passed on a 27-21 vote Friday, requires the Commerce Department to coordinate and advance the sitting and manufacturing of small-scale reactors. Small nuclear reactors are about one-third the size of traditional nuclear plants, producing less than 300 megawatts.

The Senate also passed a measure, on a 44-5 vote, that would create a nuclear-education program to award grants for science teachers to attend workshops on nuclear energy and to bring in nuclear ambassadors" to introduce nuclear science and technology to students in grades 8-12.

Both measures now head to the House for consideration.

Associated Press
Senate OK Bills to Promote Nuclear Energy in Washington
KREM2, March 6, 2015

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