Poland chooses US to build its first nuclear power plant

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  • Construction of a Soviet-technology nuclear plant began in the early 1980s, when Poland was in the East Bloc.Protests by residents and environmentalists, the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine and budget shortages led to the scrapping of the project.
  • “This is a HUGE step in strengthening our relationship with Poland to create energy security for future generations to come,” Granholm said.“This announcement also sends a clear message to Russia: We will not let them weaponize energy any longer,” Granholm said.
  • The exact location remains to be identified.A strong Poland-U.S. alliance “guarantees the success of our joint initiatives,” Morawiecki said.Poland is planning to spend $40 billion to build two nuclear power plants with three reactors each, the last one to be launched in 2043.
  • U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said the project would create or sustain more than 100,000 jobs for American workers.
  • “The West will stand together against this unprovoked aggression, while also diversifying energy supply chains and bolstering climate cooperation.”Poland had also considered offers from France and South Korea.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) Poland will work with the U.S. government and Westinghouse to build the central European countrys first nuclear power plant, part of its efforts to burn less coal and gain greate [+2873 chars]