Senator wants WA to explore whether to use more nuclear power

Staff writerJanuary 22, 2014 

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Travis Wagoner, a graphic artist from Seattle, takes photographs of the eastern cooling tower at the mothballed Satsop Nuclear Power Plant site near Elma, on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Wagoner, a graphic artist by profession, said that he and friends take regular Sunday photography trips around the state, and stopped by Satsop on their way home from Westport.

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The state Senate soon may vote on a plan to study whether Washington state should expand its use of nuclear power, according to a report from Crosscut.

Members of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would create a task force to look into the issue.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale, has touted increased use of nuclear power as a way to cut carbon emissions in the state.

The proposed task force would meet four times this year and deliver its recommendations on the use of nuclear power by Dec. 1, according to Crosscut.

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