Kaptur pushes for relief for communities impacted by nuclear plant closure
Washington, D.C. – During congressional debate on a related bill, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today sought inclusion of her bipartisan amendment to provide relief to communities impacted by the potential closure of nuclear plants. The amendment would establish the National Electric Generation Facility Cessation Mitigation Program within the U.S. Department of Energy, and provide grants of up to 80% of lost tax revenue to local governments. The grants would decrease by 10% each year.
“Though we are not ready to give up on regional energy security or the livelihoods facilities such as Ottawa County’s Davis-Besse power station provide, we must be prepared should our communities face a devastating loss of revenue that would come from a plant closure,” said Kaptur. “We must provide for a smooth landing for these communities, which through no fault of their own will be faced with drastic cuts to education, road maintenance, public safety and other critical civil services. Our amendment will provide these affected communities the necessary resources so they can gain a firm footing.”
Watch Kaptur’s testimony to the House Rules Committee here: https://youtu.be/NkCRZ-VJQa0
Read the text of the amendment here: 20180508 KAPTUR AMENDMENT LOCAL RELIEF NUCLEAR PLANTS.pdf