LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 12, 2023) — Rodney Andrews, director of the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, has been appointed to the Kentucky Nuclear Development Workgroup. Established by a Kentucky Senate Joint Resolution (SJR 79) during the 2023 regular session, the workgroup is led by Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet.
The workgroup is charged with identifying the barriers in place to the deployment of nuclear power generation resources and other related technologies in the Commonwealth. They will be analyzing regulatory, statutory, financial, social, environmental, workforce and educational barriers that may exist.
The Nuclear Energy Development Working Group shall submit a report with its recommendation to the governor and to the Legislative Research Commission on or before Dec. 1, 2023.
In addition to his role at CAER, Andrews is senior associate vice president for research at the University of Kentucky and professor of chemical engineering in the UK Stanley and Karen Pigman College of Engineering.
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