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									                                           IOWA CHAPTER




      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      April 28, 2010
      Contact: Debbie Neustadt, 515-441-1901 or debbieneu@earthlink.net
                 Pam Mackey-Taylor, 319-366-2428 or pammackeytaylor@aol.com
                 Neila Seaman, 515-778-5573 or iowa.chapter@sierraclub.org



                 CULVER STEPS BACK I TIME WITH UCLEAR E ERGY BILL

              Des Moines, IA – Governor Chet Culver stepped back in time with his decision to sign
      HF2399, a bill that will allow MidAmerican Energy to charge its customers $15 million to study
      the feasibility of constructing a nuclear power plant in Iowa.
              “We are extremely disappointed that Gov. Culver signed this bill,” said Pam Mackey-
      Taylor, Iowa Chapter Energy chair. “We already have one nuclear power plant operating in
      Iowa. That’s enough.”
              Sierra Club's position is that nuclear power does nothing to help us transition to a clean
      energy future. Although nuclear power produces less CO2 than fossil alternatives, nuclear
      power is not safe, affordable, or clean with currently available technology and practices. Mining
      uranium risks workers' health and creates toxic residues. All current plant designs are complex,
      prone to accidents and have severe security vulnerabilities. Nuclear waste transportation, storage
      and disposal problems remain unsolved. The nuclear fuel cycle increases weapons proliferation
      and risk among nations and non-state entities.
              “The industry is already heavily subsidized by public payments, incentives and liability
      shielding everywhere it operates,” said Debbie Neustadt, Iowa Chapter Legislative chair. “These
      dependencies were dramatically increased in the 2005 Energy Policy Act.”
              Sierra Club and other environmental organizations mounted a campaign encouraging the
      Governor to veto HF2399. More than 360 Sierra Club members sent messages to the governor
      while others called to express their opposition to nuclear power in Iowa.
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