Oklahoma showing interest in nuclear

February 24, 2022, 7:01AMANS Nuclear Cafe

This year has been a good one so far regarding interest from state legislatures in the potential of nuclear energy. Examples reported by Nuclear Newswire include, in January, an Indiana bill to incentivize the construction of small modular reactors, and this month, West Virginia’s repeal of its ban on new nuclear plant construction and legislation in Illinois aimed at achieving the same end in that state. Slipping under our radar until now, however, is a measure in Oklahoma introduced earlier this month that would create a feasibility study to examine the possibility of nuclear power in the Sooner State.

Moving along: The bill, S.B. 1794, is sponsored by Sen. Nathan Dahm (R., District 33) and passed the state’s Senate Energy Committee on February 10. It is now with the chamber’s Appropriations Committee.

For more on S.B. 1794 and Oklahoma’s efforts to diversify its energy sources, see this piece from the Journal Record.

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