Two studies of emissions from the Prairie Island nuclear power plant would be required under a bill moving through the Minnesota House.
JoDee Gamst, representing the Prairie Island Indian Community, on Wednesday told a House public health committee that health stakes are too high to leave the situation without adequate monitoring.
Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis, said those who live near the Red Wing-area plant are concerned that current monitoring is inadequate and her bill would establish two studies to determine the best system of monitors.
Xcel Energy and a special fund set up when concrete casks were first used to store waste nuclear matter would fund the study.
All nuclear waste produced by the two reactors is stored at the plant.
Clark told of concerns that hot water coming from the plant can hurt the ecosystem and radiation can affect people.
The Minnesota study committees would include a variety of representatives, including one from Pierce County, Wis.