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Nuclear operator: Closing plants would be felt around Ohio

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By JOHN SEEWER
Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The operator of Ohio's two nuclear plants says electric bills around the state will surely go up if the plants shut down within the next two years.

Backers of a proposal under consideration in the Legislature say that the economic impact of FirstEnergy Solutions closing the plants would be more costly than throwing them a financial lifeline.

They also say the impact would be felt statewide in the form of higher utility bills.

Lawmakers are debating legislation that would add a $2.50 monthly charge to all residential electric bills, with half of the $300 million raised going to nuclear plants near Toledo and Cleveland.

Opponents say the money would be a bailout for a nuclear industry that can no longer compete against cheaper natural gas power plants.

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