Congressman Kinzinger Statement on WH Nuclear Initiatives
On Friday, June 1, 2018, President Trump ordered Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to prepare steps to stop the closing of several power plants across the country, in order to preserve grid reliability.
Washington, DC – On Friday, June 1, 2018, President Trump ordered Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to prepare steps to stop the closing of several power plants across the country, in order to preserve grid reliability. In response, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement in support of the White House’s energy initiative:
“Nuclear power is vital to the State of Illinois and to our national security across the country. My district is home to four nuclear power plants, the most of any district in the country, and I see firsthand the important role this technology plays in our communities. Nationwide, nuclear power supplies close to 20 percent of our electricity and it’s a vital part of our domestic energy supply.
“In March 2017, I introduced H.R. 1320, the Nuclear Utilization of Keynote Energy (NUKE) Act, which provides regulatory certainty for existing plants and allows additional reforms to encourage investment in the next generation of nuclear technology. America must take the lead and support nuclear power by ensuring we have the technology, know-how, and safety expertise to keep it going.
“I applaud the President’s initiative to keeping our existing nuclear fleet operational and running, and I look forward to hearing more concrete details from Secretary Perry in the coming days and weeks ahead.”
The Congressman recently spoke to WIFR 23 News of Rockford, IL (via Gray TV in Washington, DC) about the impact that nuclear about the impact that nuclear power has on the state of Illinois and the 16th Congressional District, which he represents. The full interview can be found on the Congressman’s YouTube page and on the WIFR website.
NOTE: The bipartisan NUKE Act passed through the House Energy and Commerce Committee during a markup hearing on May 22, 2018. His questioning during the “Department of Energy Modernization: Legislation Addressing Development, Regulation, and Competitiveness” hearing can be found here.
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