Rallying the Troops
May 10, 2019
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was the scene of two pro-nuclear rallies in less than one week, each with strong support from Beaver Valley employees.
On Wednesday, May 1, more than 1,000 employees from Pennsylvania’s five nuclear sites gathered on the steps of the state capitol. They showed up in force to publicly demonstrate their support for the industry, and to ask legislators to act on bills that would help support the plants’ continued operation.
Beaver Valley’s Acting Operations Training Supervisor Amy Bowan was invited to speak and spent several minutes addressing the crowd. “With House Bill 11 and Senate Bill 510, we’re asking to be recognized for our hard work, our dependability, and the clean, carbon-free power that we produce,” said Amy.
“We must act now,” said State Representative Tom Mehaffie, sponsor of HB 11.
The second rally took place on Monday, May 6, also on the capitol steps, coordinated by industry labor unions.
Dan Onuska, Beaver Valley Maintenance employee and member of IBEW 29, stated, “We’re letting legislators know how important it (nuclear) is to all of us in the community. I want to keep it. I want to pass it on to future generations.”
Currently, Pennsylvania House Bill 11 and Senate Bill 510 are waiting for legislative action. The bills would provide relief to the nuclear industry by revamping the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act, adding nuclear to the list of emissionfree, “clean” energy, alongside other carbon-free sources like wind and solar.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently enlisted the state in the U.S. Climate Alliance, a consortium of 29 states that intend to adhere to the Paris Accord, an international environmental framework designed to cut global carbon emissions. Governor Wolf stated his goal is to reduce Pennsylvania’s emissions 26 percent by 2025, and 80 percent by 2050.