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State Democrats growing warmer to nuke power

Growing numbers of Democrats say Wisconsin should end its long-running ban on nuclear power plants. But the prospects are uncertain at best in the Democratically-controlled Senate.

Gov. Jim Doyle has said the nearly 25-year-old ban should stay in place. Still, a legislative panel recently voted to end the ban, thus allowing Wisconsin's first nuclear power plants in years.

Republicans say it makes economic sense, because the state now buys much of its power from elsewhere.

Assembly Leader Jim Kreuser, D-Kenosha, favors ending the ban too. He says it would reduce the emissions from coal-fired plants that are blamed in part for global warming.

But Sen. Mark Miller, D-Monona, says the nuclear ban cannot be lifted without deciding where the radioactive waste from the new plants would go.