Four bills focused on how to pay to pick a site for a second commercial nuclear power plant are stuck in a Senate Committee. Senator Jason Crowell, the sponsor of one of the bills, chairs the committee that held a seven-hour public hearing about three weeks ago. The committee has not considered whether to recommend full senate debate.
For him, the big issue is who will pay for the site selection. He thinks the utility company and its stockholders should bear that cost.
The sponsor of one of the proposals, Jefferson City Senator Mike Kehoe, thinks most senators are comfortable with having consumers pay for the site selection—but be repaid if no site is picked or no plant goes into operation.
Crowell worries that having consumers pay for the site selection is the first step toward repealing the construction work in progress law that says consumers won’t be billed for construction costs until the plant is running. Kehoe says he favors whichever approach is the most economical way to build the plant.