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Chairman Denny McNamara of Hastings leads a House environment and energy committee Tuesday as it passes a bill to lift a nuclear power plant construction moratorium. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

McNamara-led panel backs lifting nuclear ban; coal next

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ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota House committee voted Tuesday to allow new nuclear power plants in the state, with another vote coming soon to remove a ban on new coal power plants and to allow North Dakota coal and electrical power.


Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, promised to work with Gov. Mark Dayton on both issues. Dayton has expressed reservations on expanding nuclear power.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.