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Feds announce $82 million for nuclear energy research

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $82 million for nuclear energy projects in 28 states as part of the government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions.

Moniz said Tuesday that the 93 research projects will help scientists innovate with nuclear technologies that can eventually enter the commercial market. He made the announcement while visiting the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory.

Some environmental groups oppose nuclear energy, but others say it can reduce the greenhouse gases that cause global warming.

The money includes $36 million for 49 university-led projects. Fifteen universities also will receive nearly $6 million for research reactor and infrastructure improvements.

The announcement fits in with President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which includes reducing emissions by generating carbon-free electricity.

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