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Rep. Mehaffie named co-chairman of Legislature's Nuclear Energy Caucus

Posted 1/18/19

Rep. Tom Mehaffie, R-Lower Swatara Township, will serve as co-chairman of the Legislature’s Nuclear Energy Caucus. 

The Nuclear Energy Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral group which …

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Rep. Mehaffie named co-chairman of Legislature's Nuclear Energy Caucus

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Rep. Tom Mehaffie, R-Lower Swatara Township, will serve as co-chairman of Pennsylvania’s Nuclear Energy Caucus. 

The Nuclear Energy Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral group which researches and holds discussions relating to nuclear energy’s economic and environmental value, as well as its electric power reliability, affordability and safety.

Pennsylvania is home to five nuclear stations, making it the second-largest nuclear capacity state in America. The electricity produced from Pennsylvania’s nuclear sources represents nearly 37 percent of the commonwealth’s total power production, helping make the state a top net exporter of electricity.

“Nuclear power is considered one of the cleanest, safest, most reliable sources of electricity today,” Mehaffie said. “Our nuclear power stations, including Three Mile Island, employ thousands of Pennsylvanians and contribute millions to our communities. I’m excited to hit the ground running to help educate the General Assembly on the benefits of nuclear energy and develop inclusive energy policies that value the contributions of all of our resources.”

Mehaffie’s district borders Three Mile Island, which announced it will close in the fall. He is expected to play a key role in legislation to be introduced aimed at trying to keep it open in some way.

“The facility’s closure would have a very negative effect on our communities. The plant employs 675 people. It would also negatively impact many local businesses, and we would lose the more than $1 million in revenue that TMI pays in taxes, which goes to our local schools and social services,” Mehaffie said. “This isn’t an isolated issue. Plants across Pennsylvania are struggling and have limited time to do something about it.”

Formed in the spring of 2017, the Nuclear Energy Caucus has more than 70 members. Sen. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster, chairs the caucus, along with other co-chairmen, Sen. John Yudichak and Rep. Rob Matzie, both Democrats.

 “I’ve been an active member of the caucus for the past two years, and I look forward to joining the other co-chairs and members of the caucus in searching for and supporting a solution that keeps these plants operational, because the positive impact they have on our communities is irreplaceable,” Mehaffie said.