Environment & Energy Report

Feds, Developers Seek Second Life for Former Nuclear Plants

Dec. 12, 2019, 10:01 PM

Decommissioned nuclear power plants are an untapped but valuable real estate option for brownfield developers, industry practitioners and a Commerce Department official said Dec. 12.

“I believe that there are opportunities there,” said Ryan Smith, program analyst for the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration.

The agency is partnering with the Nuclear Decommissioning Collaborative, a clearinghouse for best practices and other information related to the decommissioning process, to get the word out about the economic potential of redeveloping former nuclear power plants. The partners called brownfield developers to consider the sites as potential projects at a conference Dec. 12.

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