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First Local Meeting Held For Nuclear Task Force

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Representatives from Energy Northwest, Tridec, the Department of Energy and others filled the meeting hall at the Pasco Holiday Inn Express Thursday for the first meeting of the Nuclear Task Force in the Tri-Cities. Representatives from Energy Northwest, Tridec, the Department of Energy and others filled the meeting hall at the Pasco Holiday Inn Express Thursday for the first meeting of the Nuclear Task Force in the Tri-Cities.
PASCO, WA - Representatives from Energy Northwest, Tridec, the Department of Energy and others filled the meeting hall at the Pasco Holiday Inn Express Thursday for the first meeting of the Nuclear Task Force in the Tri-Cities.

The Nuclear Task Force is made up of four state senators and four state representatives from both parties, including Senator Sharon Brown from Kennewick.

Thursday, the task force focused on small modular reactors and how our area can use them for nuclear energy.    

During a study done by Tridec recently, they worked to find out how they could benefit from using these reactors at the Hanford site.

“Its going to be interesting what the task force comes out with because they recognize that new nuclear energy is jobs, high paying jobs, technical jobs that will pay this community and the state of Washington'” said Gary Petersen, VP of Hanford Programs.   

The Tridec study also found small modular reactors not only reduce the carbon footprint but are very efficient and most of all safe.

Tridec presented their findings for the first time Thursday to the Nuclear Task Force, which is set to report back to the legislature in December.

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