Nuclear Power Plants
The impact of the badly damaged Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan is being felt in the Twin Cities. A slight increase of radiation levels were found in a rainwater sample taken in St. Paul.
First it was the earthquake. Then the tsunami. Then the nuclear power plants couldn’t cool correctly, and now there are explosions.
The U.S. has 103 nuclear reactors generating electricity in 31 states and Minnesota is home to three of them. Xcel Energy operates two at its Prairie Island facility and one in Monticello.
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 push to open Minnesota up to more nuclear power is nearing its final stages at the state Capitol.
The Minnesota Senate has approved legislation giving energy regulators authority to issue permits for new nuclear power plants.
The Minnesota Senate’s top leader is pushing to undo a state ban on new nuclear power plants.
A move to undo Minnesota’s 17-year-old ban on new nuclear power plants easily cleared its first committee Tuesday as Republicans who run the Legislature make the proposal a priority.