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Bill would Force Study of Nuclear Power

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RICHLAND, Wash.- A new bill in the state legislature would force the state to include nuclear power in a study of helping slow global warming.

This is being called a step forward for some, but experts warn, even if someone chose to build a new plant, it would be decades before it's done.

The new bill being pushed by state Senator Jerome Delvin would add nuclear power as an option in a state study on preventing global warming.  

Energy experts say nuclear power may be the only new source of clean, constant power we have here in the northwest.  

"The reality is we're going to need more base load power here in the northwest, and at some point as a region, we're going to have to decide where we want that power to come from.   Is it hydro, there aren't really anymore hydro cites to build," said Brad Peck with Energy Northwest. 

Nuclear power supporters say nuclear power is safe, citing the statistic that more people die on Washington's highways each year than have died from radiation in the history of the U.S. commercial nuclear power industry.