Senator Alexander To Chair Hearing On New Nuclear Power Generation In The United States

Posted on February 24, 2004

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Energy Subcommittee, today announced that he will hold a hearing in Washington on Thursday, March 4 to discuss new nuclear power generation in the U.S. ''If we're really serious about clean air, I think we're going to have to build more nuclear plants," Alexander said. "New nuclear power is clean energy that will reduce our dependence on foreign natural gas and should be cost-effective." Alexander will also focus on the restart of TVA's Browns Ferry nuclear facility. Completion of Browns Ferry will represent the first new nuclear capacity in the United States to be added in 20 years. "The whole country is watching TVA as it completes Browns Ferry," Alexander said. "All early indications are that it is going well - on time and within budget. I want to focus on that and use it as an example for the rest of the country." The hearing will begin at 2:30 p.m. (EST) in the Senate Dirksen Building, Room 366. Alexander is also chairman of the TVA Congressional Caucus.