ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The push to open Minnesota up to more nuclear power is nearing its final stages at the state Capitol.

A House-Senate conference committee planned to meet Friday to continue working on a unified proposal for scrapping a ban on new nuclear plant construction.

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The bill would allow state regulators to issue permits for one or more nuclear facilities. State law has barred such activity since 1994.

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Even if the two chambers reach a compromise, it’s not clear if Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton will sign off. He has said he could accept a bill if certain conditions are met, but his public comments reflect skepticism. He wants more rate protections for customers and a clearer plan for storing nuclear waste.

The House and Senate both approved respective bills by large margins.

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