The Assembly passed AB 384 with bipartisan support to overturn the state’s moratorium on construction of nuclear energy facilities. Representative John Macco (R-Ledgeview), a key supporter of the bill, released the following statement:
“Today is a good day for Wisconsin. We need to work on keeping energy affordable, safe and environmentally friendly, and bringing nuclear energy back to Wisconsin will do just that,” said Rep. Macco. “With this bill, Wisconsin will be a nationwide leader in nuclear energy.”
Wisconsin’s moratorium was enacted in 1982 because of concerns about storage and safety. With significant technological advances of the past 30 years, large scale storage facilities are no longer needed, and the facilities have become significantly safer.
“This bill is a good example of what happens when you are able to bring a group of stake holders together to solve a problem,” continued Rep. Macco. “This bill is supported by unions, energy groups, democrats, republicans and many constituents I’ve talked to. I thank Rep. Petersen (R-Waupaca) for his leadership on this bill, and I look to the Wisconsin Senate for quick passage.”