Kinder urges compromise on nuclear power plant bill

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | 7:18 a.m. CDT; updated 9:18 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 10, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is urging legislators to pass a bill addressing potential construction of a second nuclear power plant in the state.

The measure would let utilities charge electric customers for some initial costs of building a plant, such as getting an early site permit from nuclear regulators. A voter-approved 1976 law bars Missouri utilities from passing the costs of building a power plant to their customers before it starts producing electricity.

Proponents of this year's bill contend it's critical to making expansion of nuclear power an option. Critics have raised concerns about consumer protections.

Kinder wants lawmakers to find and pass a compromise before the legislature adjourns for the year Friday night.






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dennis nicks May 10, 2011 | 4:32 p.m.

sure, why not make customers pay for a project which will create immense profits for a company which already has plenty of money!
if they can't afford to build a radioactive waste-producer, with no known safe method of disposal currently available, why should consumers have to pay for it with absolutely no choice of their own?
oh, yeah, because government officials think corporate welfare is a higher priority than the right of private citizens to choose whether or not to pay out-of-pocket for a project which will not return any fiscal benefit to the private sector
(and unlike the government assumption that corporations should have the same rights as individuals, by the private sector I mean real people, not the multimillionaires who reap the profits of the power companies like Ameren.)

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Corey Parks May 10, 2011 | 4:54 p.m.

I think you left out a few more fear mongering propaganda quotes in your post.

P.S. The sky is falling.

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Paul Allaire May 10, 2011 | 8:01 p.m.

Corey, can you show me where there was ANY fear mongering in that post?

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D H May 11, 2011 | 10:51 a.m.

If we are going to pay for it, let us share in the they will sell the power to other states and utilities and keep the profits.

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