Sen. Zorn named to national nuclear legislative work group

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn was recently appointed to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Nuclear Legislative Working Group, which offers legislators a forum to discuss nuclear energy and waste management issues and guide advocacy before the federal government on behalf of state legislatures.

“As nuclear power continues to be a significant source of energy in Michigan and throughout the country, we need to ensure state and federal officials take the smart and responsible steps to provide families affordable power and safely protect our local communities,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “For several years, I have worked to try and get the federal government to live up to their obligations to the American people and open a permanent storage site for spent nuclear fuel — so that this waste will not continue to be stored at dozens of temporary sites around the country, including here in Monroe County.

“In addition to learning about best practices in other states, serving on this work group will give me an opportunity to fight for a permanent storage solution instead of storing nuclear fuel on the shores of the Great Lakes.”

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, nuclear power provided about 20% of the electricity produced in the U.S. in 2020. In Michigan, nuclear power plants provided 28% of the electricity generated in the state in 2020.

The work group is made up of legislators from select states who are appointed by state legislative leadership for two-year terms. It typically meets two times per year, in addition to holding various webinars and other video calls throughout the year.