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Fukushima Raises Concerns About Indiana Nuclear Power

A bill which has passed the Indiana Senate may bring the nuclear debate to the state’s General Assembly.

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The nuclear disaster in Japan has raised questions about safety of plants here in the U.S.

The Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant in Japan, leaking radioactive materials following the country’s recent earthquake and tsunami, has raised concerns about the safety of nuclear power and a bill which has passed the Indiana Senate may bring that debate to the state’s General Assembly. A provision in the bill provides financial incentives for building a nuclear plant in Indiana.

One of the bill’s authors, Greenfield Senator Beverly Gard, said she is still confident about nuclear power in Indiana’s future.

“I still think that under the right circumstances,” she said, “nuclear can be a viable option in the future. Obviously, they have a lot work that they have to go through to reassure the public, to update technology and so forth, but I’m not counting out the fact that someday we may have a significant portion of our power produced from nuclear.”

Gard said the facility in Japan was more than forty years old and using outdated technology in one of the most earthquake and tsunami prone places in the world. Her bill is one of many awaiting action in the House, which can resume when Democrats return from Illinois.

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