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Ohio House Passes Resolution to Establish Energy-Abundance Plan for Ohio

May 6, 2015
Republican Newsroom

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The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Concurrent Resolution 9, a resolution that encourages the State of Ohio and the Congress of the United States to pursue development of Ohio’s alternative natural resources. The resolution was sponsored by Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) and Representative Terry Boose (R-Norwalk). 

“Business leaders across numerous industries frequently cite the importance of abundant, affordable, and sustainable energy as a key driver of business growth and investment,” said Baker. “Thorium technology represents a promising source of energy to power our state and country’s future energy needs and grow our economy.”

“We believe this is something that needs to be brought to the attention of the Federal Government,” said Boose. “We cannot let other countries like China take the lead in energy diversity. Ohio is the perfect candidate to develop liquid core molten salt reactors and become the country’s power source of the 21st century.”

H.C.R. 9 urges the State of Ohio and Congress to create an energy plan that addresses the long-term needs of the country, and to provide an adequate budget for the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to establish rules for the manufacturing, siting and licensing of the development of our alternative natural resources by private industries.

Ohio is home to a vast supply of thorium, and the resolution encourages the research and development of alternative energy technologies such as liquid core molten salt reactors and small modular reactors. Additionally, the resolution urges the development of these technologies for potential use in medical isotopes for medical benefits and research.