Mo. House panel advances nuclear plant bill

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The Associated Press

Posted on February 22, 2011 at 7:31 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation letting utilities charge electric customers for some of the costs of developing a second nuclear power plant in the state.

The measure would allow power companies to recoup the cost of applying for an early site permit from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

A group of utilities has announced it is considering seeking such a permit for a nuclear power plant in Missouri. The permit would not authorize construction, and the group has said it has not decided whether to build a plant.

The House Utilities Committee on Tuesday voted 21-2 to approve the legislation.

A 1976 voter-approved law bars utilities from charging customers for the costs of a new power plant before it starts producing electricity.

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Nuclear power is HB124

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Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov

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