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Will Wisconsin Go Nuclear After Scrapping Coal Plant?

12/15/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

This week's decision by state regulators to pull the plug on a planned coal-fired power plant in southwest Wisconsin sent a clear signal to lawmakers:

It's time to abandon Wisconsin's moratorium on the construction of nuclear power plants.

Wisconsin can no longer ignore the fact that the need to combat pollution and the demand for cost-effective power are making it imperative that nuclear energy be among the state's options for generating the electricity to meet a growing demand.

This week the state Public Service Commission, on a 3-0 vote, rejected a proposal from Wisconsin Power & Light to build a coal-fired power plant along the Mississippi River near Cassville.

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