City of Red Wing

Senator Howe Successfully Amends Repeal of Nuclear Power Moratorium

Monday, January 31 2011 12:00 AM


On Thursday, January 27th, 2011 Senator John Howe successfully offered an amendment to the Senate’s bill (SF 4) repealing the nuclear power moratorium (Minnesota Statutes 216B.243, Section 1, subdivision 3b).

The amendment was offered after Senator Howe’s tireless efforts to obtain the consensus of stakeholders including the City of Red Wing, the Prairie Island Indian Community, Xcel Energy, the Public Utilities Commission, Senate Leadership and the Governor’s Office. Senator Howe’s amendment takes into consideration the Red Wing City Council’s concerns and policy position regarding the repeal of the nuclear power moratorium by substantively addressing nuclear waste storage. The amendment requires, amongst other things;

1. An evaluation of the costs that may be incurred by the State, and any tribal community, county, city or township associated with stranded nuclear waste. It requires that these costs be estimated for nuclear waste storage over periods including 60, 100 and 200 years.

2. That the Public Utilities Commission prepare legislative reports concerning:

a. The Public Utilities Commission’s funding decisions regarding nuclear decommissioning.

b. The progress of the United States Department of Energy to remove spent nuclear fuel from Minnesota.

c. An analysis of the financial and other obligations related to decommissioning and storage of spent nuclear fuel on the utility, state, and host communities including affected tribal communities.

For more information please contact Marshall Hallock at