The Byron Generating Station is seen through a cornfield in Byron, Illinois, on Sept. 7, 2021.

In many of the states with the nation’s most aggressive climate goals, officials are investing millions of dollars to save the power source that was long the No. 1 target of many environmental activists: nuclear plants.

“We are moving expeditiously toward a clean energy mix, but that is going to take a while,” said Joe Fiordaliso, president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. “We can’t build renewables fast enough, and people still need energy. Nukes are an important interim part of the mix.”

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