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The Associated Press March 11, 2011, 3:24PM ET

MN gov's terms vex lawmakers on nuclear power bill

An energy adviser to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says the Democrat is firm in his expectation that lawmakers meet three conditions before he'll sign off on legislation that could ultimately lead to new nuclear power plants.

The bill would lift a moratorium in the way of regulator consideration of new plants. Dayton had previously laid out his conditions, but his administration's stance that all be met was conveyed in stronger terms Friday.

Bill Grant of the state Office of Energy Security told a conference committee working on the nuclear power bill that they are vital to Dayton's backing.

Dayton wants a clearer plan for storing new nuclear waste, assurances that ratepayers won't get stuck with costs for plants that don't leave the drawing board and a guarantee that spent fuel won't be turned into weapons-grade plutonium.

Rep. Joyce Peppin says the conditions Grant presented could make the bill impossible to become law, but she's still holding out hope of a compromise.

The House-Senate conference committee hasn't said when it will meet again.

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