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  • Fremont County, Iowa, site subject of nuclear power plant feasibility study

  • Fremont and Muscatine counties are being studied as possible sites for a nuclear power plant.
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  • Fremont and Muscatine counties are being studied as possible sites for a nuclear power plant.
    MidAmerican Energy is taking soil samples in both counties as part of a feasibility study which will be presented to the Iowa Legislature, said Tina Potthoff, MidAmerican Energy media relations manager. The study will help determine if a nuclear power plant might be constructed in Fremont County between Thurman and Percival.
    The three-year nuclear feasibility study was approved by the Iowa Legislature in 2010. The study began in the fall of 2010 and will be presented to the Iowa Legislature in 2013.
    “It’s important to make sure the public understands MidAmerican Energy has made no decisions to build any generating facility,”  said Potthoff. “This is simply part of the study process.”
    The Fremont County site is being considered because it meets important criteria such as having appropriate geography for a plant, and being close to transmission lines and major transportation routes such as the interstate and railway lines, said Potthoff.
    The initial assessment will take approximately five soil borings of nearly 100 feet each. The sites under study also may be a good location for other generating facilities, such as a natural gas plant if a nuclear plant is not pursued, said Potthoff.
    Approximately 40 landowners and stakeholders were invited to attend a meeting Friday at Waubonsie State Park near Hamburg.
    Another meeting will be held with landowners in Muscatine County this week.

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