Nuclear site permit bill faces short time frame

Missouri Senate floor leader says passage before recess may not be realistic

There’s been a lot of talk about the future of nuclear power in the state, and whether lawmakers should pass a bill allowing an electric utility to charge its ratepayers for the costs of applying for, and winning, a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Early Site Permit.

But that talk has been in committees, news conferences and lobbying efforts — not in official debate in either the House or the Senate.

And, with only four weeks left to this year’s legislative session, Senate floor leader Tom Dempsey says getting proposals through both houses could be a problem.

“It’s a Senate bill that they’re trying to act on,” Dempsey, R-St. Charles, said Thursday, after last week’s sessions ended with no action on the bill.

“Were we to perfect it (this week), we would have basically three weeks for it to pass the House — and I don’t know if that’s realistic.”

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