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Bill to support nuclear power plant construction gaining steam

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Democratic leaders in the Iowa House say they believe they have enough bipartisan support to pass a bill to help MidAmerican energy build another nuclear power plant in.

Lawmakers reached a deal yesterday that would protect customers by requiring the energy company to have financing in place before beginning constructions. The utility would have to complete a plant if approved by state regulators.

The bill has drawn fire because it allows MidAmerican to raise rates to finance the plant before construction starts. The group "Friends of the Earth" has launched another round of television ads across the state opposing the measure.

The bill is expected to come out of the Senate Commerce Committee as early as Thursday.

 

 


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