COLUMBUS (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine reversed course on Thursday and called for a nuclear bailout energy law to be repealed and replaced in the wake of a $60 million state bribery scandal implicating one of Ohio’s most powerful politicians.
The Republican governor said he continues to support the idea behind the law, which stands to give roughly $1 billion to the Ohio’s two nuclear power plants. He said it’s important to preserve the facilities’ 1,500 jobs and maintain a balanced approach to power generation in the state.
But DeWine said the way the law came about tainted it irrevocably.
While reasonable people can argue about the policy issues, “the process by which it was created stinks. It’s terrible. It’s not acceptable,” DeWine said.