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Environmental Watchdog Criticizes Iowa Legislature for Passing Sweetheart Nuclear Deal

Posted Apr. 26, 2011 / Posted by: Kelly Trout

For Immediate Release
April 26, 2011

Contact:
Kelly Trout, 202-222-0722, ktrout@foe.org

Environmental Watchdog Criticizes Iowa Legislature for Passing Sweetheart Nuclear Deal

DES MOINES, IOWA―Today the Iowa House voted to approve controversial legislation that would pave the way for MidAmerican to raise consumers' electricity rates to pay for the construction of a new nuclear reactor regardless of whether or not the reactor is ever built.

In response, Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica made the following statement:

“With this vote, legislators ignored the will of the people. Polling shows that 75 percent of Iowans oppose this move to raise electricity rates so MidAmerican can build a new nuclear reactor. We look to the Senate to listen to the will of the people and not to the avarice of MidAmerican.”

The polling referenced was conducted by SurveyUSA and more information is available at: http://www.foe.org/news/archives/2011-04-new-poll-shows-iowans-oppose-paying-for-new-nuclear

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