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Dr. Joyce: Nuclear Power is Safe, Clean, and Reliable

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman John Joyce M.D. (PA-13), advocated for the increased use of nuclear power facilities in a joint Subcommittee on Energy and Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change hearing with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

In the hearing, entitled "Keeping us Safe and Secure: Oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission” Dr. Joyce highlighted the essential role that nuclear energy plays in creating safe and sustainable power in Pennsylvania.

“It is impossible to understate how important nuclear power is to the future of American energy production,” said Dr. Joyce. “In 2019, nuclear power was responsible for 36% of the total electricity produced in my home state of Pennsylvania.  It supported 4,500 jobs and accounted for 92% of the carbon-free electricity produced in our Commonwealth.  If my colleagues are serious about trying to cut down on carbon emissions, nuclear power is clearly a safe and effective solution.”

Dr. Joyce spoke with NRC Chairman Hanson on the Commission’s work to streamline the nuclear plant renewal license approval process while continuing to ensure public safety.

Watch their full conversation here.


The NRC recently approved renewal licenses for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Units 2 and 3 in York County Pennsylvania.

The witnesses for today’s joint subcommittee hearing were Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Christopher T. Hanson, Commissioner Jeff Baran, and Commissioner David A. Wright.


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