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.

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

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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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