MidAmerican won’t build 2nd Iowa nuke power plant

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — MidAmerican Energy has decided against building a second nuclear power plant in Iowa and against building any major power plant for now.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/10NC44z ) that MidAmerican says there is no approved design for the nuclear plant it wanted to build and there are too many questions about limits on carbon emissions from a natural gas plant.

Iowa has one nuclear power plant, the Duane Arnold plant near Palo.

MidAmerican Vice President Dean Crist told the newspaper that a feasibility study found that 700-acre sites near Thurman in southwest Iowa and Wilton in southeast Iowa would have worked for a new nuclear plant, which was expected to cost around $1 billion.

MidAmerican says it will refund $8.8 million that its customers paid for the feasibility study.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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