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Xcel Energy photo of Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
Xcel Energy photo of Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
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Minnesota Nuclear Power Bill Stalls After Japan Crisis

A move to repeal Minnesota's ban on new nuclear power plants has stalled as a crisis unfolds at a nuclear facility in Japan. The bill's Republican sponsors are blaming the slowdown on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's demands, not the scramble to avoid a meltdown at a Japanese nuclear plant after a huge earthquake and tsunami.

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Xcel Energy photo of Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
Xcel Energy photo of Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
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Negotiations On Minnesota Nuclear Power Change Ramp Up

The push to open Minnesota up to more nuclear power is nearing its final stages at the state Capitol. A House-Senate conference committee planned to meet Friday to continue working on a unified proposal for scrapping a ban on new nuclear plant construction.

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Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
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Minnesota House Backs Move Toward More Nuclear Power

The Minnesota House has approved a bill that would remove an obstacle to new nuclear power in the state. Supporters say the bill is an initial step intended to let utilities make a case for a nuclear plant.

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John Pederson
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Senator Pederson Votes To Lift Nuclear Ban [AUDIO]

St. Cloud State Senator John Pederson was one of the Senators who voted in favor of lifting a ban on new nuclear power plants. Pederson says the vote doesn't mean there will definitely be more nuclear plants built in the state, it just gives the Public Utilities Commission the option.

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Xcel Energy photo of Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
Xcel Energy photo of Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
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Minnesota Senate Takes Step Toward New Nuclear Power

The Minnesota Senate has approved legislation giving energy regulators authority to issue permits for new nuclear power plants. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says the bill wouldn't lead to immediate construction of a plant. It would get rid of a 17-year-old moratorium on consideration of nuclear energy facilities.

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Xcel Energy photo of Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
Xcel Energy photo of Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
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Bill Undoing Minnesota Nuclear Ban Gets Senate Hearing

The Minnesota Senate's top leader is pushing to undo a state ban on new nuclear power plants. Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch presents a bill Tuesday to undo a 17-year-old moratorium on construction of nuclear energy facilities. The hearing is before a Senate energy and utilities panel.

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Xcel Energy photo of Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
Xcel Energy photo of Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
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Minnesota House Panel Votes To Undo Nuclear Ban

A proposal to clear the way for new nuclear power plants in Minnesota has passed its first committee in the Republican-controlled Legislature. The House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the bill on a 10-6 vote on Tuesday.

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