Kentucky Senate approves nuclear bill

3 March 2009

The state of Kentucky has made a step towards lifting the 25-year ban on construction of nuclear power plants the state.

A law passed in 1984 stipulates that construction on nuclear power plants in the state cannot start until a technology or means for the disposal of high-level nuclear waste is identified and approved by the US government. Currently no permanent disposal site exists.

Senate Bill 13, sponsored by Senetor Bob Leeper asks that the law be amended to require that nuclear power facilities to be built in Kentucky have a plan for the storage of nuclear waste rather than a means for permanent disposal. Forty other states allow for waste storage, putting Kentucky at a disadvantage, Leeper said.

The bill was approved by Senate 29-6 votes on 12 February and has now been sent to the full House for consideration.

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