Governor Nixon Says Nuclear Plant is Affordable

5 years 11 months 1 week ago December 22, 2010 Dec 22, 2010 Wednesday, December 22 2010 Wednesday, December 22, 2010 12:45:21 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Jay Nixon said today that the 40 million dollar price he's projecting for a second Callaway County Nuclear Plant is an affordable cost for consumers.  Nixon's latest comment is in response to critics who claim that number is soft and not realistic.  The plan for Callaway 2, the potential second nuclear power plant in Callaway County, has been moving pretty quickly in the last month. 

That's when Nixon announced a proposal that has consumer paying the $40 million permit costs.  Ameren Missouri and a host of other Missouri Utility companies are pursuing construction sites and permits for the second plant, which can be an expensive process.  Nixon says consumers picking up the projected $40 million tab for getting construction started is essential, and that it's less expensive than it sounds.  His office said a couple weeks ago that consumers would only see an extra $12 dollars on their utility bills, but his critics claim that number is soft. 

Nixon responded today to Missourinet.com saying "We want to continue to protect consumers and rates, but we want to put Missouri in a strong situation here."  Nixon and other power plant backers think the $40 million proposal will be approved, but they might run into trouble if the cost increases.

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