Guberntorial hopefuls disagree on nuclear ban in Minn.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

At a debate held at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business on August 24, two of the three governor hopefuls expressed support to lift the ban on building new nuclear power plants in Minnesota. The state currently has two plants near Monticello and Red Wing.

Republican Tom Emmer and Independent Tom Horner believe the 1994 ban should be repealed. Supporters say new plants could aid in meeting the state’s increasing power needs and facilitate renewable energy.

Mark Dayton, the Democratic contender, disagrees and says allowing new nuclear plants should be delayed until problems with nuclear waste storage are solved.

Horner believes the moratorium holds back any debate over nuclear waste. This issue has been discussed increasingly in the Legislature.

The debate, held on August 24, was sponsored by the Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal. Read the full story at

Originally published: 08/25/2010, Bloomberg BusinessWeek