A bill to remove the moratorium on the expansion of nuclear power in Minnesota cleared the Senate Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee today. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, who authored the legislation, and Sen. Ellen Anderson, DFL-St. Paul, offered comments about the bill during committee debate.
“This legislation is moving Minnesota in the wrong direction,” said Anderson. “Developing new nuclear facilities will take away from our renewable energy and energy efficient industries. Renewable energy means jobs now. Nuclear power promises jobs 20 years from now; if ever. We need to keep our focus on renewable energy. Ratepayers can’t afford to pay exorbitant cost overruns that have led ratepayer revolts in other states trying to build nuclear plants.”