FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lawmakers in coal-producing Kentucky voted Wednesday to lift a ban on building nuclear power plants in a move one detractor called a “kick in the teeth” to the slumping coal sector.
The House passed the bill 65-28, sending it to Gov. Matt Bevin. The Republican governor has signaled he would not veto the measure if it reached his desk.
For years, efforts to open the door to nuclear energy melted down in a state that has been culturally and economically dominated by coal. Kentucky is the country’s third-largest coal producer, and politicians from both parties have promised to revive the struggling industry.
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