COLUMBIA — Ameren Missouri, in late December, submitted an application to extend the Callaway Energy Center’s operating license for 20 years.
The Callaway Energy Center, also known as Callaway Nuclear Plant, is the only nuclear plant in Missouri. Its current, 40-year operation license will expire by 2024. If the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves this 20-year extension application, the center’s operating license will be extended to 2044.
Cleveland Reasoner, vice president of engineering at the plant, said the center has worked on the 1,500-page application for about three years. He said the application will take 22 to 24 months for the commission to process. This evaluation includes reviewing the application, plant inspections and interviews.
Earlier last year, Ameren Missouri wanted the state legislature to pass a bill that would have allowed utilities to charge customers for the cost of getting a site permit for a second nuclear plant in Callaway County, according to a previous Missourian article. This bill did not pass.