State committee OKs lifting nuclear moratorium

On Wednesday, the Assembly energy committee approved a bill that would lift Wisconsin’s moratorium on new nuclear power plants.

Currently, state regulators are not able to approve a new nuclear power plant unless a federal nuclear waster storage facility is available and the plant wouldn’t burden ratepayers. No such federal repository exists.

The new bill would strike the storage facility and ratepayer language from state law, and pave the way for new plants. At present, Wisconsin has just one operational nuclear plant.

The full Assembly will take up the bill next month.