Source: Roll Call | Benjamin J. Hulac | August 1, 2019

With support from industry, legislation touted as a way to extend the lifespan and efficiency of America’s nuclear plants

A bipartisan pair of senators unveiled nuclear energy legislation Wednesday, describing it as a serious and pragmatic approach to tackle climate change and connecting it to rising greenhouse gas emissions specifically.

Democrat Chris Coons of Delaware and Republican Martha McSally of Arizona floated the bill, which has support from the nuclear power lobby, as a way to extend the lifespan and efficiency of America’s fleet of nuclear power plants.

“If we’re serious about reducing our carbon emissions, we need to get serious about nuclear energy,” McSally said in a statement.

The legislation would support “advanced nuclear” methods, referring generally to steps to make nuclear power produce less waste and generate electricity more reliably. It would establish a Department of Energy project to cut costs at power stations, increase research and development and create an apprenticeship program for the industry.

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