Lift nuclear moratorium

Will "lift Wisconsin’s nuclear moratorium to encourage this clean energy option and ensure that we continue to invest in energy transmission to move power from outside Wisconsin across the state."


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Subjects: Energy


No bill proposed, much less adopted

Updated: Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 | By Tom Kertscher

In a letter to state agency heads in August 2012, Gov. Scott Walker called for energy diversification, saying: "We should lift Wisconsin's nuclear moratorium to encourage this clean energy option."

Those were almost exactly the same words Walker used in his campaign, when he pledged to lift the ban.

Under the moratorium, according to the state Legislative Reference Bureau, a reactor cannot be built "unless it is economically advantageous to ratepayers compared to feasible alternatives, and not until a federally licensed repository for high-level nuclear waste is operating with enough capacity to handle the waste from all nuclear power plants in Wisconsin."

So, more than halfway into Walker's term, where does the moratorium promise stand?

State Rep. Mark Honadel, R-South Milwaukee, said in 2011 and again in 2013 he plans a push to lift the moratorium, but he hasn"t introduced a bill. He told us he now expects another GOP lawmaker to introduce it.

Walker spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster said the governor "is still supportive of this issue” and that he is monitoring progress of a bill that she said would make it more feasible to build a nuclear plant.

Given there has been no direct attempt to lift the moratorium, we rate this promise Stalled.


Email interview, Gov. Scott Walker spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster, July 12, 2013

Interview, state Rep. Mark Honadel, July 12, 2013

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