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Missouri senator proposes nuclear plant legislation

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 | 6:44 a.m. CST; updated 9:52 a.m. CST, Wednesday, March 2, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri state senator has introduced legislation meant to boost consumer protections while allowing utilities to charge customers for some costs of developing a nuclear power plant.

Lawmakers are considering whether to let power companies recoup from customers the cost of an early site permit from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. A voter-approved law bars utilities from charging customers for new power plants before they produce electricity.

Republican Sen. Jason Crowell, of Cape Girardeau, says his legislation would cap what customers can be charged at $40 million. It would also require a rebate if the plant is not built, and change funding for the state office that represents consumers before regulators.

Crowell's measure is opposed by at least one group that supports the nuclear plant proposal.

 


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Gregg Bush March 2, 2011 | 12:30 p.m.

"A voter-approved law bars utilities from charging customers for new power plants."
"Republican Sen. Jason Crowell, of Cape Girardeau, says his legislation would cap what customers can be charged at $40 million."
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Or-
Dog fighting is illegal, but my bill will cap the organizers take from the pot.
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Assault is illegal, but my bill with cap the number of punches that can be thrown in an attack.
Any others?

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