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Third nuclear plant bill surfaces

Third nuclear plant bill surfaces

March 2nd, 2011 in News

A southeast Missouri senator Tuesday tossed a third bill into the Senate debate over a potential construction of another Callaway County nuclear reactor.

Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, introduced a bill allowing an electricity provider to charge ratepayers for the costs of successfully getting an early site permit from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

But, unlike Sen. Mike Kehoe's two bills, Crowell's measure would place into state law a permanent funding method for the state's Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility rate cases being considered by the Public Service Commission.