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Ballot initiative could shut down Phoenix-area nuclear plant

Santa Fe New Mexican, By Faith Miller | Cronkite News, May 19, 2018  “……. If the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona initiative appears on the ballot in November, voters will decide the plant’s future. The initiative calls for 50 percent of Arizona’s electrical energy to come from renewable sources, mostly solar and wind, by 2030. Nuclear power would be hit hardest among sources of power in Arizona, because Palo Verde — the nation’s largest power producer — could not operate at levels low enough to satisfy the initiative’s requirements.

      Supporters of the initiative, including Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon chapter, argue that the long-term benefits outweigh the immediate costs.

“Here in Arizona, solar is a great resource that we have that we should be utilizing more of,” Bahr said. “And I think the public gets that, the voters get that, and they’re very supportive of it. That’s why the utilities are trying so hard to create confusion and to create fear and try and undermine it.”

Because generating nuclear energy produces radioactive waste and involves mining and processing uranium, a nonrenewable resource, nuclear isn’t classified as renewable.

…….“From the perspective of someone who wants clean, sustainable, renewable energy, nuclear power doesn’t cut it,” Bahr said.

Supporters of the Clean Energy initiative must get nearly 226,000 signatures by July 5 to get it on the November ballot. Backers include the Arizona Asthma Coalition and the Natural Resources Defense Council. http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/ballot-initiative-could-shut-down-phoenix-area-nuclear-plant/article_3eba46db-0ca5-5f45-8696-09ab40b0b1e6.html

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May 22, 2018 - Posted by | politics, USA

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