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Minn nuclear ban lifted

7 May 2010– The Minnesota House has voted to roll back a ban on new nuclear power plants that has been in place since 1994.

The provision was added to an energy bill May 6 on a 73-59 vote. It was the first time the House has approved the proposal, which passed the Senate last year.

The rollback also includes a measure to keep ratepayers from paying the construction costs until a new nuclear power plant is almost complete. However, Xcel said the provision would make it too costly to build a plant.

The state has two existing nuclear power plants, the 613 MW Monticello and the 1,076 MW Prairie Island power plants.

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