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Moratorium on Nuke Plants May Be Lifted

In a legislative proposal, Gov. Pawlenty tendered to lift the ban on building nuclear power plants in an effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The plan was prepared by the Office of Energy Security and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, said MPR. (http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/01/govclimatechange/)

The proposal is in compliance with the state's goal to reduce harmful emissions such as carbon dioxide by 30 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050, according to TwinCities.com

The plan is tentative, and it will only lift the ban on building nuclear power plants. Edward Garvey, Director of the new Office of Energy Security, said: "Building any large electrical generation facility is a lengthy process, measured in years. All this proposal does is remove the moratorium. If someone wants to make a proposal to build a nuke, you can have discussion and we can consider whether that's a wise and appropriate way to proceed." (MPR.com)

The public will be able to voice their opinion on the matter.

(http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/01/govclimatechange/)