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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Gov. Phil Bryant says opponents are overreacting to and uninformed about proposals to store nuclear waste in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Energy Institute is pushing for more exploration of storing and reprocessing used nuclear fuel in the state.

Bryant tells The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/17jC3Yi ) that he’s interested in Mississippi getting in on “recycling” or reprocessing nuclear waste, and perhaps manufacturing components for reactors, not nuclear waste storage.

Leaders of the institute pitched ideas Monday to the state Senate Economic Development Committee.

Opponents say they don’t want nuclear waste stored or reprocessed in Mississippi, and that technology hasn’t reached a point to make that safe.

Bryant says opponents are trying to stir emotions and are thwarting open discussion about the issue, which he says is only in the beginning phase.

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