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A Missouri House committee is preparing to consider legislation letting utilities charge electric customers for some of the costs of developing a second nuclear power plant in the state.

The measure would allow power companies to recoup the cost of applying for an early site permit from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

A group of utilities has announced it is considering seeking such a permit for a nuclear power plant in Missouri. The permit would not authorize construction, and the group has said it has not decided whether to build a plant.

The House Utilities Committee was scheduled to consider the legislation at noon Tuesday in House Hearing Room 1 at the state Capitol.

A 1976 voter-approved law bars utilities from charging customers for the costs of a new power plant before it starts producing electricity.

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