Panel recommends passage of early nuclear site permit

The House Utilities Committee has recommended the full House debate and pass a bill encouraging Missouri’s electric utilities to seek a Nuclear Regulatory Commission early site permit for another reactor at the AmerenMissouri site in Callaway County.

On a 7-2 vote Thursday morning, the committee endorsed substitute language at sponsor Rep. Jeanie Riddle’s request, so the version going to the House floor is the same as Sen. Mike Kehoe’s version in the Senate.

Current Missouri law requires an investor-owned utility to be providing its product to consumers before the owners can include the plant’s construction costs in the rate-base, subject to Public Service Commission approval.

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