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State may purchase acreage once slated for nuclear plant

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — The state may purchase nearly 1,000 acres of land along the Lower Chippewa River in northwestern Wisconsin from Xcel Energy which once had plans to build a nuclear plant on the site.

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will be asked to approve the purchase of the property in Dunn County from the Minneapolis-based utility for about $2 million. The land southwest of Eau Claire includes part of the Chippewa River trail and 18,000 feet of river shoreline.

Xcel once had plans to build a $1.3 billion nuclear power plant at the site — then later a coal-fired plant. But those plans were scrapped 10 years ago and the company recently decided to sell the land as it evaluated its assets.

The Journal Sentinel says the Natural Resources Board will consider the purchase at its Aug. 3 meeting in Ashland.


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