Environment & Energy

Measure to build nuclear reactors nears breakthrough in Legislature

WEDNESDAY 1, JULY 2015  Washington is one House vote away from beginning to search for a potential manufacturing site for small modular reactors. That site will likely be at Hanford just north of Richland.

The measure appears headed to approval, although it’s currently stalled by larger legislative posturing. Democratic and Republican leaders made a complicated series of deals to get their main state budget passed, along with their transportation and capital project budgets. They also agreed to allow some stalled Republican bills to pass the Democratic-controlled House, and for some stalled Democratic bills to pass the Republican-controlled Senate.