Lawmaker proposes moratorium on nuclear plants

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 5:51 PM
Lawmaker proposes moratorium on nuclear plants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic lawmaker who has been a long-time critic of nuclear energy proposed a bill on Tuesday that would put a moratorium on new U.S. nuclear plants and renewals of licenses for existing plants pending a review of the disaster in Japan.

Representative Edward Markey of Massachusetts drafted a bill that would reauire tougher safety standards for U.S. plants, but the bill faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled House, given Republican support for nuclear power.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton)