Gov. Pritzker set to sign off on construction of new nuclear facilities

Clinton nuclear plant
The House adjourned shortly after passing that bill. (Photo courtesy: WJBC/File)

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – The governor’s office says he will sign a bill allowing – after 36 years – construction of new nuclear facilities.

During debate Thursday – the last day of veto session – two representatives who opposed a previous version of the bill – a bill Gov. JB Pritzker vetoed – said they were now in favor.

“I am hopeful we will not need this proposal, and that technology advances and solid policy decisions around the energy space will preclude the need to develop additional nuclear power,” said State Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago). “I don’t believe that nuclear power, with all its risks and costs, is the answer to our climate crisis or addressing our capacity needs.”

“Climate change is an existential threat to our planet,” said State Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin), “and, as we try to work to decarbonize, we are going to need energy options for the future.”

HB 2473 has passed the Senate, 44-7, and the House, 98-8, and awaits the governor’s action.

Dave Dahl can be reached at [email protected].


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