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Wilton Residents Say Nuclear Power Plant Could Come

Wilton Residents Say Nuclear Power Plant Could Come

Updated: Sep 25, 2012 11:16 AM CDT

Mid American has invited 40 landowners in Muscatine County to a private meeting Tuesday night. They'll be talking to residents about a potential nuclear energy facility.

Mid American wouldn't confirm with KWQC where in Muscatine County this is happening, but some residents in Wilton, Iowa say they have received letters and even offers on their homes regarding this Mid American study.

The company is in the process of completing a 3 year study that was approved by the Iowa legislature in 2010.

Over the next couple of months, Mid American will be taking soil samples, some nearly 100 feet deep, to wrap up the 3 year study.

What they are looking into, is finding an appropriate location for a nuclear power facility or a gas plant. Although this study is just in the beginning phases, Wilton residents say it already seems like the company wants their land.

Residents between 130th and 150th streets, near Trail and Thayer Avenue say they have received letters, even offers on their homes in the past few months. Some say they weren't sure why someone was so interested in their land, but now it makes sense.

"What they wanted to do was buy it in a 2 year contract, they'd give you 10 percent of whatever they offered you and that was your money to keep, and then they had up to 2 years to come and buy it," said Wilton resident Phillip Harris.

Harris tells KWQC that he was extended an offer of about $100,000 dollars for his house and one acre lot. He declined that offer. However, Harris tells us a few of his other neighbors have already sold their property.

Tuesday's meeting is a private meeting, for landowners that could be impacted by the Nuclear energy study.

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More nuclear power possibilities in the Quad Cities. MidAmerican Energy is eyeing two Iowa counties, including Muscatine County, and studying options for nuclear power. The company is talking with residents there this week.

MidAmerican invited 40 landowners to a private meeting Tuesday. The company did the same thing in Fremont county on the other side of the state last week. Representatives are talking with residents about activity they'll soon starting seeing in their area related to possible development of alternative energy sources.

Residents are already sharing their feelings about it. "What kind of dangers can it be for houses around there, the whole community," said one Muscatine homeowner.

"Cordova has one and they're only 50 miles away so pretty much same thing," said a county resident.

MidAmerican reps aren't saying exactly where in Muscatine County they're looking, tell KWQC that proximity to transportation routes and existing transmission lines are a factor. Over the next couple of months the company will be taking soil samples as part of a three-year nuclear feasibility study. Workers will take five soil borings at nearly 100 feet deep. Though it's very preliminary, residents do welcome the idea of job opportunities or other perks for the area.

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