Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬ÂPulaski) today expressed his strong support of the proposed nuclear energy plant in Oswego and said he will do all he can to facilitate the building of a fourth plant in the region.
“I was happy to speak of my support for the proposed plant at last nightÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting in Oswego,” said Barclay.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “This is a timely and advantageous project for our regionÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âone that will create hundreds of high-paying jobs and will, without a doubt, benefit our entire local economy.
“Energy is a commodity that we can and should invest in, as the natural resources available here lend themselves to making this region an energy mecca.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I look forward to working with federal, state and local officials to make this a reality,” said Barclay.
New power plants are needed to meet the rising energy demands and nuclear power provides highly reliable electricity, that is not dependent on weather or climate.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The average-sized nuclear energy plant produces $430 million in sales of goods and services and almost $40 million in total labor income.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Nine Mile Point, one of the countyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s largest employers, provides 900 jobs and in 2007, had a $96 million payroll.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The plant being proposed, UniStar, is a joint venture between Constellation and EDF Group.
“If our area doesnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t capitalize on this and support the new plant, another region or state will reap the tremendous economic benefits this plant promises.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The tax base is something to consider to, as Nine Mile Point provides more than $25 million in revenue to the town of Scriba, Oswego County and the City of Oswego.”