Banning New Nuclear Power Plants | Amendment 15 to SF 972

Senate voted No
| April 14, 2021
About this Legislation
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Amendment to eliminate the repeal of the nuclear energy moratorium in SF 972

In 1994, Minnesota passed a ban on the permitting of new electric generating facilities using nuclear power. Nuclear energy disasters and nuclear waste storage and disposal have long presented potential environmental concerns associated with nuclear energy projects. This amendment proposed to maintain the nuclear moratorium in state statute until storage, disposal and safety concerns can be addressed.


The amendment failed, and language to repeal the state’s existing moratorium was included in the Senate Energy & Commerce Omnibus bill. The bill now proceeds to Conference Committee to be combined with the House’s version of the Energy & Commerce Omnibus bill.

What a no means

A "no" vote allows for the repeal of the nuclear energy moratorium. If enacted, this provision would allow the construction of new nuclear energy facilities in the state.

What a yes would have meant

A "yes" vote reinstates the nuclear energy moratorium, maintaining Minnesota's permitting freeze on new nuclear energy developments.

Vote Tallies

All Votes R. DFL Ind.
Yes = 31 1 30 0
No = 36 33 1 2
Abstain = 0 0 0 0
Absent = 0 0 0 0