Sponsors tout economic development potential, but critics question the benefits and risks to taxpayers.
Some environmental groups see a proposed nuclear power plant bailout as an opportunity to boost clean energy, too.
A day after Exelon Corp. CEO Chris Crane had a White House meeting with President Trump, a pair of Illinois Republicans are seeking their own sit-down with the utility executive to discuss what has become a familiar subject in the Land of Lincoln — struggling nuclear plants.
Combining the capability to make fuel for nuclear reactors and material for weapons undercuts nonproliferation efforts, critics say.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is fully funded through 2019 and not affected by the partial government shutdown.