Missouri Governor Uses State of State to Promote New Nuclear Power Plant

America’s workers and manufacturers need the jobs and electricity that nuclear power produces, so kudos to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who highlighted his plans for a new nuclear power plant in his State of the State address on Wednesday.

In November, I announced a historic agreement that will transform the economy of our state – creating thousands of jobs and benefiting millions of Missouri consumers of electric power.

That agreement put the wheels in motion for the construction of a second, state-of-the-art nuclear power plant in Callaway County.

Missouri has some of the lowest electric rates in the nation. That’s attractive to businesses and families. But as our energy needs grow, we need to be looking now for new sources of clean, abundant and affordable power.

Building a second nuclear plant will create thousands of good-paying jobs for all our construction trades: iron and sheet metal workers; carpenters and cement masons; boilermakers and bricklayers; plumbers and pipefitters; teamsters and laborers; electrical workers and operating engineers.

They built Callaway One. And they will build Callaway Two.

Recent news coverage …

From last November, Ozarksfirst.com, “State’s New Nuclear Effort Unites Utilities, Government Leaders“:

(Springfield, MO) — Governor Jay Nixon says it’s time to expand our options for power in the Show-Me State.

A second nuclear power generating plant at the Ameren Missouri site in Callaway County is back on the front burner at the State Capitol.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday that a consortium of the state’s largest power companies will help Ameren with the cost of obtaining an “early site permit” from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Joining Ameren are Kansas City Power and Light, Empire District Electric, the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Associated Electric Cooperative and the Missouri Public Utility Alliance.

Also, Governor’s Office news release, Nov. 19, 2010, “Expanded nuclear capacity would transform state economy, create thousands of jobs, and help maintain Missouri’s supply of affordable, reliable energy, while protecting consumers.”

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