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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee Senate Concurrent Resolution 58 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 58

(By Senators Deem, D. Facemire, Fanning, Green, Guills,

Helmick, Jenkins, Stollings, Sypolt, Williams and Yost)

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[Originating in the Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining]


Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the potential effects of repealing the ban on the construction of nuclear power plants in the State of West Virginia.

Whereas, An effective ban on the construction of nuclear power plants in the State of West Virginia exists in article twenty- seven-a, chapter sixteen of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and
Whereas, Recently elected and appointed federal leaders have determined that a major policy initiative of the new administration is to further diversify the nation's energy portfolio to include alternative sources of energy, to reduce carbon emissions into the environment and to create new jobs and businesses related to these efforts; and
Whereas, The United States Department of Energy has implemented a small-scale, clean-energy federal loan guarantee program to encourage investment of capital into nuclear power plants; and
Whereas, Nuclear power accounts for roughly 19 percent of the total net electricity generated in the United States and 74 percent of the United States' carbon-free electricity; and
Whereas; West Virginia desires to diversify its energy portfolio to include alternative energies in order to create new jobs and stimulate the economy in West Virginia; and
Whereas, Nuclear power has proven to be a reliable alternative source of energy to meet increasing demand for electricity without adversely affecting air quality, global warming and public health; and
Whereas, Nuclear power would assist West Virginia in remaining, over the long term, a net exporter of electricity and help maintain its preeminent position as an energy leader; and
Whereas, Nuclear power promotes economic development through the creation of jobs and tax revenues and the availability of a stable and reliable source of energy; and
Whereas, During construction, a nuclear power plant will provide approximately 2,500 jobs and the average nuclear power plant employs 400-700 people at average salaries substantially higher than the average salary in West Virginia; and
Whereas, A thorough study is necessary to determine the effects of repealing West Virginia's nuclear power plant construction ban that is, in effect, inconsistent with West Virginia's desire to maintain its preeminent position as a national energy leader; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the effects of potentially repealing the ban on constructing nuclear power plants in the State of West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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