Utility calls meetings to talk about nuclear study


September 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – MidAmerican Energy Co. is holding meetings with landowners and residents in two locations in Iowa as part of a nuclear energy assessment study.  About 40 residents in southwest Iowa’s Fremont County, and a similar number in Muscatine County in eastern Iowa received invitations.  MidAmerican will discuss the purpose of soil samples the company is gathering for the study to assess the viability of nuclear generation in Iowa.

Spokeswoman Tina Potthoff says the company is taking five soil borings of nearly 100 feet deep in both locations. She says no decisions have been made to build a nuclear plant.  The Legislature in 2010 passed a bill allowing MidAmerican to recover up to $15 million in study costs from Iowa electric customers.  A report will be filed with lawmakers next year.