By: Kate Pabich
Absolutely no way- that was the message some Wilton residents gave MidAmerican energy representatives Tuesday night.
It was a meeting to discuss ideas for a possible nuclear plant in the Iowa town.
Hundreds of community members came out to learn about the pros and cons of having a nuclear power plant in their backyards.
Dwight Glenny is a Wilton farmer, and up until last month, was on the fence when it came to nuclear power in his town.
But since then he says he's done his research.
"The more I research the more I am convinced that we cant have nuclear power until we figure out how to handle things like nuclear waste."
MidAmerican says a nuclear power plant in Wilton could add up to 350 jobs but Dwight says it's not worth it.
"We're all for jobs but when it comes right down to it do you chose jobs or do you chose life or health."
But MidAmerican VP, Dean Crist says, the company is only at the research level with the Wilton site. And with the EPA regulating coal use, it puts energy companies in a tight spot.
"We cant depend on one fuel source so we have coal natural gas, wind and some nuclear as well and we want to make sure to keep it diversified because we think that's what keeps our prices the most reasonable."
Crist says energy demand is growing and folks need to know the ease of flipping a switch and having light, doesn't come easy.
"We want to build something that is ultimately safe for our customers, economical for our customers and reliable."
But according to Dwight, nuclear energy is far from safe. He says studies prove folks who live down wind from nuclear power plants, are at a higher risk for cancer.
A group called SAFE hosted the event, it stands for Saving Americas Farmground and Environment. They're working to stop the possible plant from being built.