MidAmerican Won't Build 2nd Iowa Nuke Plant

The Duane Arnold Energy Center Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 near Palo.

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By Rachel Begle

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 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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