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Future workers in S.C. may have a nuclear option

ORANGEBURG — There are two things future workers need to know about the nuclear industry:

It is expanding in South Carolina, and the current work force is aging.

Those two points add up to a bright future for student engineers and others learning skills that would fit into the industry, speakers said Monday during a forum on nuclear energy jobs.

If power companies have their way, at least four new nuclear reactors could be built during the next decade in South Carolina.

“Even if we never build another nuclear plant, we’re going to need tens of thousands of nuclear workers,” said Dayna Herrick, Duke Energy’s training work force development manager.

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