Illinois Gov nixes repeal of nuclear plant ban

Pritzker sees a future for small modular reactors, but he said the current bill was too vague.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) vetoed legislation Friday that would have lifted a ban on building new nuclear power plants in the state, including the use of small modular reactors, citing the need for clear safety regulations for workers and those living around new facilities.


“[T]his bill provides no regulatory protections for the health and safety of Illinois residents who would live and work around these new reactors,” Pritzker said in a statement, adding that he vetoed the bill “at the request of the leadership team of the Speaker of the House and advocates.”

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