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GOP gains put nuclear power back on the table

GOP gains put nuclear power back on the table
By Timothy Cama - 12/06/14 05:12 PM EST

Republicans and the nuclear power sector are hopeful that GOP control of the Senate will improve the political landscape for an industry that hasnít opened a new generator in nearly two decades.

As Senate Democrats this week held their tenth hearing on nuclear safety since Japanís Fukushima Daichii meltdown three years ago, Republicans and observers looked forward to a future with a more business-friendly approach to the industry.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), long a champion of nuclear power and a critic of environmental rules, is set to become chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, which oversees nuclear safety. The committee is also likely to retain nuclear fans like Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.).

ďItíll be clearly a more favorable committee, and there may be some things that we can doĒ to help the industry," Sessions said.

An Inhofe aide said the Obama administration and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have been far too adversarial ...

More at http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/226209-gop-gains-put-nuclear-power-back-on-the-table
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