UPDATE: Officials to Reveal Plans for Mo. Nuclear Reactor

7 years 9 months 1 week ago Wednesday, April 18 2012 Apr 18, 2012 Wednesday, April 18, 2012 6:58:00 PM CDT April 18, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press/Mark Hodges

JEFFERSON CITY - Ameren Missouri released a statement this evening refuting reports that the company would be announcing a plan to build a new nuclear reactor.

According to the release, "recent press reports speculating that Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse Electric Company will be announcing a definitive plan to build a new nuclear reactor at Ameren Missouri's Callaway Energy Center site are inaccurate."

They went on to say they plan to give details on "a potential transformative economic development opportunity" at a Thursday press conference.

Original story:

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and officials of two energy companies are preparing to make an announcement that could include plans for a second nuclear reactor in the state.

Nixon and leaders of Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse Electric are scheduled to make the formal announcement Thursday at a news conference in Jefferson City. Nixon's office says the announcement will be significant for energy development and economic growth in Missouri.

St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri operates Missouri's only nuclear power plant, located in Callaway County about 25 miles northeast of Jefferson City. Two efforts in recent years to expand nuclear power in Missouri have stumbled, largely amid opposition from consumers and industrial users over protections for electric ratepayers.

Nixon endorsed a previous nuclear power proposal in November 2010.

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