On the Radio: MidAmerian Will Not Build a Nuclear Power Plant


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This week’s On the Radio segment covers MidAmerican Energy’s recent decision against building a nuclear power plant in Iowa. Check out the transcript below, or listen to the audio here.

After considerable study, MidAmerican Energy has come to the conclusion not build a nuclear power plant in Iowa.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Although the MidAmerican study found that the modular nuclear reactors envisioned would be cost effective and would create jobs, the decision to not build the plant was concluded after the design for the plant failed to receive approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

In addition, a great deal of uncertainty remains about federal regulation of carbon emissions.

MidAmerican considered two sites for the proposed plant. One was located near Thurman in southwest Iowa and the near Wilton in southeast Iowa.

For now, the Duane Arnold plant near Palo will remain Iowa’s only nuclear power plant.

For more information about nuclear energy, visit iowanevironmentalfocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jacklyn Even.

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