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Officials to discuss Miss. as storage place for nuclear fuel

3 years 9 months 2 days ago August 24, 2013 Aug 24, 2013 Saturday, August 24 2013 August 24, 2013 12:05 PM in News
By: Associated Press

JACKSON - A nonprofit group tied to energy businesses says Mississippi should consider becoming a storage place for used nuclear fuel.

Representatives of the Mississippi Energy Institute will meet Monday at the state Capitol with the Senate Economic Development Committee. After that, they'll have a closed-door meeting at the Old Capitol Inn with business people and Republican congressmen Alan Nunnelee and Gregg Harper.

Patrick Sullivan, president of the Mississippi Energy Institute, tells The Clarion-Ledger that he believes the next growth in nuclear technologies will take place near storage facilities for used nuclear fuel.

But the Sierra Club state director, Louie Miller, says Mississippi should not become a "radioactive dump."

Gov. Phil Bryant has pushed to diversify energy options, and his spokesman says Bryant is interested in learning about nuclear storage.

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