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Lawmakers Urged Not To Dump Ban On New Nuclear Power Plants

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MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Anti-nuclear groups are telling legislators not to trash Wisconsin’s long-running ban on new nuclear power plants. A relaxing of that ban is a major part of the clean energy package that tries to fight global warming. Supporters say nuclear power is the cleanest there is. But Jennifer Nordstrom of the Carbon-Free Nuclear-Free Coalition says there’s still the issue of dumping radioactive waste. And she says the Wisconsin bill would give the nuclear power industry more leeway in handling that waste.

Assembly Democrat Spencer Black of Madison believes the law would discourage new nuclear plants, even if their approval is left in. That’s because the demand would be reduced, since the bill seeks to cut electric use in the state by 2 percent. The bill says 25 percent of Wisconsin’s power should come from renewable sources by 2025. Black says a revised version of the package is still being written – and he hopes the measure can still be signed into law on Earth Day, which is April 22nd.

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