Missouri lawmakers: Nuclear bill still alive

Supporters predicted lawmakers this session will debate a plan allowing a utility company to seek an early site permit from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and have consumers pay the application costs — if the company wins that permit.

Work on such a permit would determine if a second nuclear reactor could be built on the site near Reform of Ameren Missouri’s 27-year-old Callaway 1 plant.

And the lawmakers’ confidence Wednesday came even though none of the three bills on the subject have been scheduled for floor debate.

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“Time is always a problem,” said Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, who sponsors the lone House bill.

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