Resolutions & Endorsements
State and federal-elected officials frequently write resolutions and endorsements for nuclear energy. Recent documents from elected officials can be found here.
The Illinois House of Representatives has adopted a resolution recognizing the importance of Illinois’ fleet of nuclear plants to the State’s economy, power grid and environmental goals and urging the FERC and RTOs to adopt market rules that will ensure the fleet’s continued operation. The House passed HR 1146 just prior to adjournment on May 31.
Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) has signed the Virginia nuclear finance legislation into law.
Governor Jay Inslee (D) has signed a 2014 supplemental appropriations bill that includes provisions authorizing a state nuclear energy task force. The task force concept originally was contained in Substitute SB 5991, which died for lack of final action prior to adjournment March 13. The approved spending bill creates a joint select task force on nuclear energy to study the generation of energy in the region through the use of nuclear power. The eight-member legislative task force must report any findings and recommendations to the legislature by December 1, 2014. The official wording can be found in the attached, see Part 1, Section 101 and 102.
Governor Rick Perry (R) has forwarded a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality report to legislative leaders suggesting the state is a suitable site for high-level radioactive waste storage.
New Mexico House Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed by a vote of 46-16. The Memorial calls for the New Mexico energy department to assess the feasibility of small modular reactors in New Mexico’s state energy plan. The House Memorial does not require a Senate companion and calls for the NM energy department to complete their study by December 2014.
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners adopted this resolution opposing a new tax for the Decommissioning and Decontamination (D&D) Fund. NARUC supports environmental cleanup of defense-related uranium enrichment sites, but resolved that U.S. electric utilities and their customers should not be singled out yet again to pay for D&D of DOE facilities devoted to nuclear weapons and national defense programs.
The nation is experiencing a nuclear energy skilled worker shortage. A significant number of the incumbent workforce is, or will become, eligible for retirement. The U.S. nuclear industry and the U.S. Navy have entered into a nonbinding Agreement of Understanding to ensure nuclear Navy talent is available to fill nuclear career opportunities in the United States. This is the list of signatories to the agreement.
This report of June 2011, "The Future of Nuclear Energy: Shaping a Western Policy," from the Western Governors' Association, recognizes the important of nuclear energy as a source of reliable, clean electricity, and that small reactors can be a cost-effective energy source in places where large nuclear plants may not be feasible.
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners adopted a resolution supporting limited interim storage of used nuclear fuel, and advocating Yucca Mountain as a storage site.