IA Lawmaker: Nuke Bill Dead This Session

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An Iowa lawmaker says a bill that would make it easier for energy companies to build new nuclear power plants in the state is dead this session in the Legislature.

Sen. Matt McCoy, a Democrat from the Des Moines area, says increased safety concerns after the earthquake in Japan and the rising threat of a nuclear meltdown make it highly unlikely the bill will move forward.

McCoy originally supported the bill when it was approved by a Senate committee this month. Now, he says he's undecided.

The bill outlines how state regulators should proceed with rate-making if a utility moves forward with a nuclear plan.

Earlier Monday, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said the damage in Japan
should not deter expansion of the nuclear industry in Iowa or
elsewhere in the United States.

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