March 14, 2003 — The New Hampshire legislature is considering awarding tradable emission credits for any increases in production from the Seabrook Nuclear Station.
A decision is expected by early April and, if passed, New Hampshire would become the first state to recognize the nuclear generated electricity’s contribution to pollutant avoidances related to nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SOx) and greenhouse gases.
Thus, nuclear would be on an even playing field with hydro electric and renewable sources of electricity. U.S. nuclear power plants provide 20 percent of the nation’s electricity and an overwhelming 78 percent of emission-free generation, the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) said. The New Hampshire program may well serve as a template for the rest of the country.
The Nuclear Energy Institute commented to the New Hampshire legislature on the topic on March 10 on behalf of the U.S. nuclear energy industry. The comments were specifically in reference to amendments to Env-A 3200 (NOx Budget Trading Program), proposed by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) on December 13, 2002.
First, the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) expressed its support for the proposed rules.
Second, NEI said it was compelled to provide factual information to correct the litany of errors and misrepresentations about nuclear energy included in a January 21, 2003, letter from a number of special interest groups to Mr. Robert Scott, Acting Director of the Air Resources Division at the New Hampshire DES.
Since that letter forms part of the record of the proceeding, NEI felt compelled to correct the errors and unsupported and prejudicial assertions about nuclear energy.
More information is available on NEI’s web site at http://www.nei.org/.