U.S. SENATE — Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally’s (R-AZ) bill to enhance the long-term sustainability of U.S. nuclear power was heard by the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
During the hearing, McSally highlighted the benefits of Arizona’s nuclear power leadership.
“The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in my state is the largest electricity generating plant of any source in the United States. According to Arizona Public Service (APS) which operates Palo Verde, the amount of clean power produced over the plant’s lifetime has offset the emission of nearly 484 million metric-tons of carbon dioxide. That’s the equivalent to taking 84 million cars off the road for a year. And this is just Palo Verde,” McSally said. “Our nation’s fleet of nearly 60 nuclear power plants keeps more than 550 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions out of our atmosphere every year. This means any serious conversation about reducing carbon emissions, must include serious support for our nation’s nuclear plants.”
McSally also asked Department of Energy Under Secretary Mark Menezes about how her bill, the Nuclear Energy Renewal Act, will impact nuclear research and benefit America’s energy security.
Click here to watch McSally's questioning.
On July 31, Senators McSally and Coons (D-Del.) introduced the Nuclear Energy Renewal Act. The legislation directs the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish and enhance programs to help reduce the operation and maintenance costs of U.S. nuclear power plants, expand advanced modeling and simulation tools, and bolster research and development.
Click HERE for bill text.