U.S. House Commerce Head Sees Resurgence in U.S. Nuclear Power
WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) - Nuclear power is on its way back and the once-dying industry could play an important role in helping the nation grapple with electricity shortages, the Republican head of the House Energy and Commerce committee said on Tuesday.
Although no new U.S. nuclear power plants have been built in 25 years, Republican lawmakers are taking a closer look at how the industry could fit into a broad national plan to boost domestic energy supplies and limit oil imports.
Rep. Billy Tauzin, a Louisiana Republican, said the federal government needs to make it easier for nuclear power generation to remain a vital component of the national energy mix.
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