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Senate Energy Committee Tackles Nuclear

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Nuclear Cooling Towers

Looks like the Minnesota Senate Energy Committee is having a nuclear-themed week. They are taking testimony on the bills on Thursday; the agenda for Tuesday is as follows:

Legislative History of Nuclear Power in Minnesota

Report by PUC Concerning Certificate of Need for Dry Cask Storage
Facility

Overview of Nuclear Energy

S.F. 2081-Murphy:Nuclear powered electric generating plants
certificate of need issuance prohibition elimination; legislative
electric energy task force expiration date extension; nuclear energy
study.

S.F. 1930-Murphy:Nuclear powered electric generating plants
certificate of need issuance prohibition elimination.

S.F. 1491-Jungbauer, M. J.:Nuclear powered electric generating plants
certificate of need issuance ban repeal.

S.F. 1608-Jungbauer, M. J.:Nuclear powered electric generating plants
certificate of need issuance prohibition elimination.

S.F. 1414-Kubly:Monticello nuclear plant phaseout, contingency
planning and storage approval.

S.F. 1794-Kubly:Dry cask storage at Monticello stay extension.

S.F. 2144-Kubly:Monticello nuclear facility routine radiation
emissions health report.

S.F. 2199-Anderson, E. R.:Nuclear waste storage modification;
utilities greenhouse gas infrastructure costs recovery.

Currently, nuclear power plants are not permitted to receive a certificate of need by the PUC and therefore may not be built. Several of these bills aim to change that. I find it interesting that Senator Jungbauer is leading the fight to bring nuclear plants to MN as he has proven to be a major skeptic of climate science.