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Poll shows older Iowans opposed to paying for nuclear plant in advance

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There's been talk about building a second nuclear power plant in the state, but it's not exactly favored by Iowans over the age of 50.

In a phone poll done by AARP, 72 percent of the 400 men and women polled are opposed to a bill approved by the house.

It would allow MidAmerican Energy to begin billing its customers in advance to pay for a new $1 billion dollar plant.

AARP says its members aren't opposed to another plant, but rather raising the cost of electricity.

"The consensus is in the numbers. Why are we being charged up front for an unknown when normal business states if you're going to advance business find a funding source and proceed based on risk versus return," AARP Iowa State President Tony Vola said.

The bill's been approved in the house, but not the senate.

It could still be brought up for a vote, but it's not a certainty.

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