COLUMBUS - State Senator John Eklund
(R-Munson Township) released the following statement following the announcement that FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of First Energy Corporation, has filed deactivation notices for three of its nuclear power plants, including two in Ohio:
“I have been straining for over two years to get our General Assembly, our Governor and his administration, and federal authorities to recognize, and take action to support, the environmental, strategic and energy system resilience impact that these facilities provide. Without them, our society will suffer on those fronts and others.
The economic impact to Ohio of these plants’ closing would be deep, wide and negative. We must not turn our backs on the affected communities, so many dedicated Ohio workers and their families, or the prospects for attracting more economic development to our State.
I will continue, with any and all allies, to fight for a responsible ‘all of the above’ energy policy that promotes environmentally clean, safe base load generation in Ohio, that secures our energy future, that saves and promotes jobs and that avoids a power generation system in Ohio monopolized by gas.
Time is running out; we must, and will, redouble our efforts.”
Eklund introduced Senate Bill 128
early last year and has been pushing for the creation of a Zero Emission Nuclear Resource Program that fairly compensates the plants for their power.