SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a plan urging federal and state environmental agencies to adopt nuclear power-friendly rules.
Lawmakers gave House Speaker Michael Madigan’s nonbinding, bipartisan resolution the go-ahead on Thursday. The request comes as government agencies are scheduled to require new standards for nuclear power plants this year.
The Chicago Democrat says nuclear plants should be treated similar to other low-carbon energy suppliers. He says possible plant closures would hurt job growth and reliable energy sources.
Exelon Corporation has said several of its nuclear plants could close if financial outlooks don’t improve.
Environmental activists argue that Illinois should invest in renewable energy sources because nuclear power has negative environment affects.
The measure now goes to the Senate.