ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Less than six months after a disaster in Japan stoked worldwide fears about nuclear power, the state of Mississippi still believes it is an important source of energy and wants to build a second nuclear plant, Gov. Haley Barbour said.
The Grand Gulf Nuclear Station was delayed for years by litigation from nuclear power skeptics some three decades ago, Barbour told a meeting of elected officials and energy industry leaders on Tuesday. But the Claiborne County community in which the plant is located is now eager for more nuclear development.
“Candidly, we’d love to have another nuclear power plant,” Barbour said to the Southern States Energy Board. “We don’t have, ‘Not in my backyard.’ We have, ‘Please in my backyard.'”