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Missouri Senate to debate nuclear bill today

Missouri Senate to debate nuclear bill today

April 12th, 2011 in News

Senate leaders expect to begin debating today the bill that would let a Missouri utility company charge its customers for the costs of seeking and winning a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission early site permit.

Ameren Missouri and a statewide consortium of commercial, cooperative and municipal electric utilities support the idea.

Winning the permit would show that the Callaway Nuclear Plant site would be a suitable location for the construction of a second reactor, nearly 30 years after the first one began operating.

"We're looking forward to getting it on the floor and having a full debate on it," freshman Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, said Monday evening. "We want to make sure that no kind of parliamentary procedures prohibit it from coming to a vote."