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Radio ad targets nuclear energy in Iowa

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Last year the Iowa house passed a bill that would pave the way for a new nuclear reactor to be built in the State of Iowa. However, that is as far as the bill got to becoming a law and one environmental group wants to keep it that way.

Friends of the Earth put out a radio ad hoping to sway Iowans and legislative leaders away from nuclear energy. The ad says the rate hike would force Iowans to foot the bill for nuclear reactors that endanger the public.

The ad says MidAmerican utility bills would increase $50 a month.

Officials with MidAmerican Energy say they are in the middle of three year feasibility study and have not released any detailed estimates of the cost.

In a statement officials said, "MidAmerican Energy still believes legislative changes are needed to establish nuclear power generation as one of the few alternatives for meeting Iowa's base load power needs in a carbon and environmentally constrained future."

The nuclear legislation that was passed by the Iowa house in 2011 is available for consideration and passage by the Iowa senate during the 2012 legislative session.

According to officials with MidAmerican Energy, nothing in the legislation authorizes the construction of the a nuclear plant or an increase in rates. Those issues would decided by the Iowa Utilities Board.

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