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Iowa Public Interest Group recommends energy conservation, renewables, not nuclear power

Environmental group: Save energy, skip nuclear plant in Iowa , Jan 5, 2012 | by Perry Beeman Iowa should skip construction of nuclear plants unless they produce power at a lower cost than other options, including energy conservation, the Iowa Public Interest Research Group said Thursday.

The group also contended that MidAmerican Energy, which is studying whether to build a nuclear plant, should make stockholders take the financial risk, not ratepayers.

MidAmerican has said it will continue work on legislation that would allow the utility to charge customers for the cost of a feasibility study, even if the plant isn’t built. The Legislature, which failed to act on the bill last session largely due to debate scheduling considerations, convenes Monday.

Iowa PIRG said nuclear plants across the country have been plagued by cost overruns, and half of those proposed don’t get built. The group, which held a press conference at the Statehouse, said energy conservation, wind power and solar are better options……

January 6, 2012 - Posted by | opposition to nuclear, USA

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  1. Want another reason to balk at nuclear energy ? Go to There you will find a chart showing where America gets most of its uranium. We have exhausted most of our high grade sources, so we buy it from other countries. It’s obvious from the government’s own records that nuclear energy will not “free us” from foreign energy sources. The opposite is true. Regarding the Mid American nuclear plant issue, the Iowa Utilities Board has set a series of hearings, the 1st to be at 5:30 pm, Feb 23, 2012 at 1375 E. Court, Des Moines, in their hearing room. They will hear public comments. Their phone number is 515-725-7321. I don’t know if you have to sign up in advance to speak. See their web site for a list of the other public meetings on the subject.

    Comment by CIndy Partington | January 29, 2012 | Reply

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