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Tue Apr 3, 2012, 07:42 AM

AARP, MidAmerican spar over nuclear legislation

AARP, MidAmerican spar over nuclear legislation
By Rod Boshart Gazette Des Moines Bureau

DES MOINES – AARP Iowa leaders on Monday accused MidAmerican Energy of engaging in a campaign of misinformation aimed at confusing Iowans about legislation they claim attempts to have company ratepayers – rather than shareholders -- bear the unknown cost and risks associated with building a proposed nuclear power plant somewhere in Iowa.

Anthony Carroll, AARP Iowa associate state director for advocacy, told a Statehouse news conference that MidAmerican’s paid newspaper advertisement last week misrepresented and “lied about our position” on House File 561 – a bill that would allow MidAmerican Energy to seek permission from state regulators to move forward with a proposed nuclear power plant estimated to cost up to $2 billion to build.

Under the House-passed measure currently eligible for Senate debate, the Iowa Utilities Board would not be required to follow traditional rate rules or the usual cost recovery methods in deciding issues pertaining to the permitting, licensing, and building of MidAmerican’s proposal to construct a nuclear-powered facility using new modular technology.

“The (MidAmerican) ads stated that AARP is an opponent of nuclear power. That is an outright lie, just the beginning a new campaign by MidAmerican to fool Iowans into favoring H.F. 561. Iowans deserve better than to be fooled,” he said. Carroll contended the MidAmerican ad offered a “false portrayal” of AARP’s position in an attempt to hide the truth and shift the focus away from what the proposed legislation actually does.

“AARP is fighting for...

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Tue Apr 3, 2012, 07:45 AM

1. i had to click on this to see how the AARP was involved in a nuke power dust up.

good find.

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