Why did federal grant bypass Callaway project?

Third District Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer and five members of the Missouri delegation in Congress have signed a joint letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu demanding to know why the U.S. Department of Energy failed to fund an application from Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse to design and build small nuclear reactors at the Callaway Energy Center.

The bipartisan joint letter to the Obama Administration official is signed by U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, Luetkemeyer and five members of Congress from Missouri except U.S. Reps. William Lacy Clay Jr. of St. Louis and Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City. The Eighth District seat is now vacant after the resignation of Rep. Jo Ann Emerson.

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Meanwhile, Callaway County Western District Commissioner Doc Kritzer said Saturday he is disappointed in the action of the Department of Energy in its apparent decision to deny the grant for the Callaway Energy Center project.

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