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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

 8:28 PM 

Bill lifting nuclear power plant moratorium heading to guv's desk

Legislation is now headed to the guv’s desk that would lift restrictions on new nuclear power plants that have acted as a moratorium over the last several decades. 

The Senate voted 23-9 to sign off on an Assembly bill lifting the restrictions the state enacted in 1983 that essentially halted construction of nuclear power plants. 

Under current law, the Public Service Commission can’t approve a nuclear plant unless an analysis shows ratepayers will save money and there is a storage operation with enough capacity to hold all of the spent fuel in the state. The bill would lift those restrictions.

Sen. Mark Miller, D-Monona, argued the state should instead be looking at ways to reduce carbon emissions through conservation and other steps. He said the reality is a nuclear power plant would not be built for years even if the bill is signed into law and other steps should be studied that don't carry the same risks as nuclear power.

"Lifting the moratorium is unnecessary," he said.






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