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Retiring Ohio Republican Senator George Voinovich says he wants to make the Nuclear Renaissance the legacy of his Senate career. At a press conference yesterday to introducing his new "Enabling the Nuclear Renaissance Act" legislation , Voinovich said he wants nuclear labeled “clean energy” in any Senate bill that mandates the construction of certain forms of energy generation. Most proposals now talk about “renewable energy,” a category from which nuclear is generally excluded.  

The Senator said he also wants an additional $54 billion in loan guarantees extended to new construction.   In addition, he would fund small modular reactors (SMRs) by having the federal government contribute $1 billion to share the costs of development with the industry over the next ten years.

Voinovich is retiring after two terms in the Senate after serving two four-year terms as Governor of Ohio.

Read more at the Cleveland Plain-Dealer

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