House approves Rep. Stephanie Barnard’s bill aimed at accelerating clean nuclear energy development

Today in Olympia, the Washington State House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved House Bill 2120, sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Barnard. The bill proposed by the Pasco legislator aims to speed up the advancement of clean nuclear energy and generate economic opportunities in the Tri-Cities and neighboring counties.

Barnard, R-Pasco, emphasized the significance of HB 2120, stating, “With this bill, Washington state is reaffirming its dedication to expanding clean nuclear energy and seizing the economic opportunities it brings.

She further explained, “My bill aims to provide much-needed incentives for clean energy manufacturers, specifically targeting the challenges faced by nuclear manufacturing facilities. Doing so will pave the way for a more sustainable future for all of Washington state.”

Building on the foundation established by the previously approved House Bill 1386 in 2022, which granted property tax exemptions to manufacturers in targeted urban areas meeting specified job targets, HB 2120 expands support for clean energy manufacturers. It addresses obstacles presented by prolonged reviews conducted by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, granting additional time for nuclear manufacturing facilities to meet the criteria required for tax preferences.

In conclusion, Barnard remarked, “Washington’s leadership in clean energy innovation is exemplified through this bill. By supporting the development of clean nuclear energy, we are bolstering economic growth and creating a pathway for a more prosperous and abundant energy future in our state.”

With its approval by the House Finance Committee and subsequent passage by the full House with a vote of 94 – 1, HB 2120 now progresses to the Senate for further consideration

The 60-day 2024 legislative session commenced on January 8 and will conclude on March 7.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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