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WHEREAS, Nuclear Science Week is an international, broadly observed week-long celebration to focus on local, regional, and international interests on all aspects of nuclear science; and
WHEREAS, Nuclear Science Week educates the public on the five pillars of nuclear science: Carbon-Free Energy, Global Leadership, Transformative Healthcare, Innovation and Technology, and Space Exploration; and
WHEREAS, nuclear energy is among the most reliable energy sources in America, as nuclear power plants are designed to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across the nation and the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, nuclear power plants use a process called fission and do not emit greenhouse gases while generating electricity; and
WHEREAS, the nuclear industry is an important economic driver in the Commonwealth and employs many Virginians; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s institutions of higher education, including Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, and Liberty University offer prestigious nuclear engineering programs; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s role in nuclear innovation – energy generation, advanced manufacturing, academic research, next generation nuclear fuel technology, and national security applications – makes the Commonwealth a global leader in nuclear research and development; and
WHEREAS, nuclear energy will play a vital role in achieving Virginia’s goal to be carbon-free by 2050;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 19-23, 2020, as NUCLEAR SCIENCE WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all citizens.