"Effort To Scrap Anti-Nuclear Law in Minnesota Ramps Up"

"ST. PAUL -- A push to scrap a Minnesota law barring new nuclear power plants gained a pair of influential supporters Tuesday, adding intensity to a debate before a state Legislature that has narrowly resisted the change.

Two congressmen -- Democratic Rep. Tim Walz and Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen — joined leaders of labor unions and the state Chamber of Commerce in seeking the repeal of Minnesota's nuclear moratorium.

Their public backing could put pressure on legislators from their areas considered swing votes in the debate. In April, a bid to lift the ban fell eight votes short in the House after convincingly winning approval in the Senate."

Brian Bakst reports for the Associated Press November 24, 2009.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009