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. Continue reading

MidAmerican Scraps Plans for Nuclear Plant

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MidAmerican Energy has concluded that building a major nuclear plant in  Iowa would not be feasible, after an $8.8 million study.

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Iowa nuclear power meeting delayed

Duane Arnold Energy Center - in Palo, Iowa.

A meeting to discuss House File 561, a bill that would create a regulatory framework for MidAmerican Energy to construct a nuclear power plant in Iowa, has been delayed.

The bill has sparked controversy across the state, and is the subject Wednesday’s dueling advertisements between the advocacy group Friends of the Earth and MidAmerican Energy.

The committee has yet to reschedule their meeting to consider HF 561.

For more information, read the full article at The Gazette.

Dueling nuclear ads released in Iowa

A capture of Friends of the Earth's anti-nuclear advertisement.

Friends of the Earth, an advocacy group that opposes nuclear power expansion in Iowa, launched a television ad today expressing the dangers of nuclear power in Iowa. The ad aims to remind Iowans of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan last year, and

“The rate hike sets MidAmerican up for windfall profits, while strapping consumers with the financial and safety risks,” said Mike Carberry, Iowa nuclear campaigner with Friends of the Earth.

In response, Mid American Energy released their own video featuring President and CEO Bill Fehrman.

“There’s a lot of misinformation about what passage of the bill means. This bill does not give MidAmerican Energy permission to build a nuclear power plant or charge any cost for a plant to our customers,” Fherman said in the video. “It does allow our regulators – the Iowa Utilities Board – to determine if nuclear energy is right for Iowa.”

Both advertisements are available after the jump.

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Controversial nuclear bill revived

Duane Arnold Energy Center, Iowa's lone nuclear source.

A controversial bill that outlines steps for MidAmerican Energy to build a nuclear power plant in Iowa was revived and approved today by a Senate subcommittee.

The bill, House File 561, failed to advance through the Senate last year.

Critics were angered by the legislation’s sudden resurrection.

“The nuclear industry and MidAmerican Energy specifically would have us believe that nuclear power is clean, safe and cheap when in actuality it is very dangerous and expensive,” said Mike Carberry, an Iowa member of Friends of the Earth, an environmental group based in Washington, D.C.

Advocates of the bill argued that this legislation will help Iowa avoid a potential energy crisis by diversifying the state’s energy sources.

“This bill represents just another piece of that journey to create a more diverse energy sources for our citizens of the state of Iowa,” said John Gilliland, senior vice president of government relations of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.

The bill will be considered by a full committee on Tuesday, and must pass both the Senate and the House before it can be signed by Gov. Terry Branstad.

For more information, read the full article at the Des Moines Register.

Federal panel looks into nuclear power safety precautions

Missouri River encroaches on homes in Sioux City. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture, Flickr

As the power plant just off the shores of the Missouri River continues to be surrounded by water, many Iowans are wondering just how safe they are.

Well in fact, a federal government panel has decided that American nuclear power plants all need to be better protected for catestrophic events such as flooding.

The Associated Press reports:

Calling the Japan nuclear disaster “unacceptable,” an expert task force convened by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded that nuclear power plants in the U.S. need better protections for rare, catastrophic events.

The series of recommendations, included in portions of a 90-page report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, will reset the level of protection at the nation’s 104 nuclear reactors after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl by making them better prepared for incidents that they were not initially designed to handle. Continue reading