Nuclear Plant Legislation Fails
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have failed to reach agreement on legislation letting utilities charge electric customers for the cost of getting a permit for a possible second nuclear power plant in the state.
Senators considered a final attempt on the bill with less than an hour left before the annual session ended Friday. Several senators worried there was too little time to consider the possible deal.
A voter-approved state law bars utilities from charging customers the costs of a new plant before it starts producing power. Utilities wanted that law changed so they could pass on the expense of getting an early site permit for a nuclear plant from federal regulators.
The measure faced opposition over concerns about protections for electric ratepayers.
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