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Weighs in on nuclear power plant

April 12, 2012
Messenger News

To the editor:

Since the HF 561 bill was passed a year ago, I have followed the pros and con articles. I agree that the customer will not be happy with Mid-American Energy's design to build a nuclear power plant in Iowa at the cost of $2 billion, a cost incurred by customers, not MidAmerican Energy. MidAmerican Energy has enough electrical power to supply its customers and has a surplus to sell on the open market.

When the time comes that we need more energy, we should keep to the safe fossil fules, natural gas and wind power. Japan's nuclear disaster a year ago chilled support for nuclear projects across the United States, but not in Iowa, to critics' surprise - as if the disaster never happened.

The 1986 Chernobyl incident wiped out fertile agricultural ground that will never recover; a land that was previously known as the "bread basket of Russia." Fallout from it drifted over Germany. That incident, and the Fukushima Daiichi disaster last year, has prompted Chancellor Angela Merkel to hasten shutting down all German nuclear plants after safety questions were raised.

Recently hundreds of German citizens were blocking railroad lines to stop the spent fuel from French reactors crossing over their land to storage depots. A planned repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada has been abandoned and the United States is looking for a new place to store radioactive gunk forever and ever.

Let's not allow this state to be used as the dumping ground for nuclear waste. Iowa can do without the threat of nuclear disaster with the untold risks and misery resulting for its inhabitants. Contact your representative if you, too, share this opinion.

Margaret Walsh

Fort Dodge



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