Missouri lawmakers not worried by Japanese disaster

A radiation detector marks 0.6 microsieverts on Tuesday, exceeding normal day data, near Shibuya train station in Tokyo.

A radiation detector marks 0.6 microsieverts on Tuesday, exceeding normal day data, near Shibuya train station in Tokyo. Photo by The Associated Press.

Even as Japanese officials struggle to control radiation leaks and possible meltdown problems at four nuclear power plants damaged by last week’s earthquakes and tsunami, Ameren Missouri utility officials said Tuesday they have little concern about similar problems occurring at the Callaway Nuclear Plant at Reform.

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And, they and two state senators said, the Japanese situation shouldn’t affect the effort to get a site permit for a possible future reactor at the Mid-Missouri site.

“There’s good evidence that all of those (Japanese) plants successfully survived the earthquake and basically shut down automatically,” said Scott Bond, Ameren’s nuclear development manager based at the Callaway plant.

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