With TMI closure ticking down, General Assembly looks into nuclear deal

With TMI closure ticking down, General Assembly looks into nuclear deal

State lawmakers and politicos are preparing for an early session fight over the future of Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry, the second biggest in all fifty states.

“It’s the worst kind of legislative challenge,” Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), co-chair of the state’s bipartisan Nuclear Caucus said. “It’s complicated, costly, urgent and irreversible.”

Allies of the industry have coalesced around a report, issued by the Nuclear Energy Caucus, which projects significant environmental and economic problems if the state’s nuclear plants falter in the coming years.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Nuclear power legislative allies release report, call for state action to save industry

Nuclear power legislative allies release report, call for state action to save industry

A bipartisan group of General Assembly members, surrounded by cheering plant employees in a cramped Londonderry firehouse, released a report Thursday that called on their colleagues to take action and support the flagging nuclear power industry.

Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), a co-chair of the Nuclear Energy Caucus, laid out high stakes if the industry, which produces 42 percent of the state’s electricity, was left to perish as energy prices plummet, at least partially because of competition from natural gas.

“We’re not talking about a bailout, we’re not talking about a subsidy, we’re talking about valuing each resource appropriately,” Aument said. “Basing long-term energy decisions on short-term price...I think that’s foolish.”

Thursday, November 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Nuclear caucus looks at national security concerns to rally support for ailing industry

Nuclear caucus looks at national security concerns to rally support for ailing industry

In their fourth hearing, the bicameral, bipartisan Nuclear Caucus heard from current and former federal officials who pushed the role that splitting an atom still held for America’s national security even if it is losing out in the market.

“If things turn bad in the South China Sea, we need to make sure our ports in San Diego and Long Beach have electricity so they can ship ammunition overseas,” said Paul Stockton, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Judicial district amendment casts mapping debate into disarray

Judicial district amendment casts mapping debate into disarray

By a 31-18 vote, the Senate today passed an amendment to have appeals court members elected by district instead of at large by the state.


Under the new language, the General Assembly would pass enabling legislation to set up the transition from the current maps — or lack thereof — and into districts for judges.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Aument turns and backs state intervention to save Pa. nuclear plants

Aument turns and backs state intervention to save Pa. nuclear plants

After dismissing the political wherewithal for nuclear subsides a month ago, Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) brought the idea back on the table Wednesday morning.

“I think we know need to begin having a conversation in this building in terms of a state solution and as a short term bridge,” Aument said following the meeting of the Nuclear Energy Caucus.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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