March 6, 2008

MADISON - The Citizens Utility Board and Clean Wisconsin would like to thank the members of the State Assembly that voted yesterday against AB 346, which would repeal Wisconsin's "nuclear moratorium." AB 346 passed the Assembly on a 57 to 38 vote.

AB 346 would repeal a law (Wis. Stats. 196.493) that has been on the books since 1983. The law, known as the nuclear moratorium, is a sensible law that protects ratepayers and the environment from the costs and risks of nuclear power.

The nuclear moratorium does not ban the construction of nuclear plants in Wisconsin. It simply requires that two criteria be met before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin can authorize the construction of a nuclear plant. These two criteria are that:

  1. A waste repository is available for radioactive waste created by Wisconsin reactors, and;
  2. A nuclear plant is economically advantageous to ratepayers in comparison to alternatives.

Unless nuclear power can pass these simple requirements, nuclear power plants should not be built in Wisconsin.

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The Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin is a member-supported nonprofit organization that advocates for reliable and affordable utility service. CUB represents the interests of residential, farm, and small business customers of electric, natural gas, and telecommunication utilities before regulatory agencies and the courts.

Clean Wisconsin, an environmental advocacy organization, protects Wisconsin's clean water and air and advocates for clean energy by being an effective voice in the state legislature and by holding elected officials and corporations accountable. Founded in 1970 as Wisconsin's Environmental Decade, Clean Wisconsin exposes corporate polluters, makes sure existing environmental laws are enforced, and educates citizens and businesses.