Nuclear permit added to bill passed by Senate

Ameren's Callaway Nuclear power Plant

Ameren's Callaway Nuclear power Plant (Ameren File Photo)

The Missouri House on Thursday night added state Mokane Republican Jeanie Riddle’s nuclear site permit language to a Senate-passed bill on energy and property taxes.

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If the House gives its final approval to the bill next week, it would send back to the Senate the issue of letting a utility company charge customers for the costs of successfully getting a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission early site permit.

Late last month, the Senate began that debate, but never had a vote on the issue because the bill was blocked on a procedural move.

Twice this week, state Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, encouraged colleagues to think about the issue and talk with constituents about it, “as we come down to the last few days of debate and possible legislation that would enable this project to move forward.”

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