Lawmakers Question If Nuclear Bill Helps Iowans

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The nuclear energy debate in Iowa is intensifying as lawmakers consider a measure allowing MidAmerican Energy to seek permission from regulators to move forward with a nuclear power plant.

The measure is expected to come up this week if support doesn't
weaken under pressure from opponents.

It would allow MidAmerican to ask the Iowa Utilities Board for a
rate increase from the company's customers to fund a plant.

A Senate committee was expected to approve the measure last
week, but a supporter was absent and the meeting was canceled.

Some of the controversy centers on the debate over nuclear
energy safety, but most of it is about the cost to consumers.

Costs for such a project are estimated at $2 billion.

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