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Rethinking A Bill To Lift A Nuclear Moratorium?

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An aerial view shows the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in the Japanese town of Futaba, Fukushima prefecture on March 12, 2011. Japan scrambled to prevent nuclear accidents at two atomic plants where reactor cooling systems failed after a massive earthquake, as it evacuated tens of thousands of residents. Tokyo Electric Power, which runs the plants, said it had released some radioactive vapour into the atmosphere at one plant to relieve building reactor pressure, but said the move posed no health risks. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

An aerial view shows the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in the Japanese town of Futaba, Fukushima prefecture on March 12, 2011. Japan scrambled to prevent nuclear accidents at two atomic plants where reactor cooling systems failed after a massive earthquake, as it evacuated tens of thousands of residents. Tokyo Electric Power, which runs the plants, said it had released some radioactive vapour into the atmosphere at one plant to relieve building reactor pressure, but said the move posed no health risks. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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By Steve Murphy, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The nuclear crisis in Japan may prompt lawmakers to revisit a nuclear moratorium bill in the Minnesota legislature.

“This is just a reminder about how risky these (nuclear plants) can be,” said Democratic State Rep. Frank Hornstein, of Minneapolis.

Hornstein said the crisis in Japan should cause lawmakers to re-think a bill now in conference committee, which would lift a 17-year-old ban on new plants in Minnesota.

“What we ought to be doing in Minnesota is keeping our moratorium in place,” he said. “I hope the governor will veto any bill that comes out of the legislature.”

The bill lifting the ban has been pushed by the new Republican majority in both houses. It remains to be seen whether any Republicans will reconsider the moratorium measure.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

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