Minn. Nuclear Power Bill Stalls After Japan Crisis

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A move to repeal Minnesota’s ban on new nuclear power plants has stalled as a crisis unfolds at a nuclear facility in Japan.

The bill’s Republican sponsors are blaming the slowdown on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s demands, not the scramble to avoid a meltdown at a Japanese nuclear plant after a huge earthquake and tsunami.

The bill’s House sponsor, Rep. Joyce Peppin, says Dayton’s conditions are too hard to meet.

The governor has said he wants the bill to include financial protection for ratepayers and a plan for storing new nuclear waste. The House bill already addresses another of his concerns by including measures to prevent spent fuel from being turned into weapons-grade plutonium.

Dayton says he hasn’t ruled out signing the bill.

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  • Cache

    Hysterical idiots that what the world is made of…here are the grown ups????

  • cache

    …That’s …where are the grown ups

  • Eartha

    Because coal emissions in our lungs is so much safer.

  • Jerry

    Just like deep water drilling, It shouldn’t be allowed until they prove it can be handled safely under all conditions. Instead of waiting for an accident and then
    scratching their head trying to figure out how to correct the problem.

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