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Gov. Nixon: Nuclear Power = Jobs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - Missouri will join a coalition of energy firms to apply for a multi-million dollar federal grant that would fund several small nuclear reactors in the state, Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday.

Flanked by a bevy of high-ranking officials from various industries, Nixon said Missouri partnered with energy provider Ameren Missouri and international nuclear technology development firm Westinghouse Company to receive as much as $452 million from the Department of Energy.

“When it comes to creating jobs and transforming our economy, projects just don’t get any bigger than this one,” Nixon said. “This is our moment.”

Officials said funding would go toward building up to five Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, or SMRs, in Callaway Co., Missouri.  These plants would generate as much as 225 megawatts of power, one-fifth of the production of normal nuclear power plants.

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Tags: Economy, Energy, Jobs
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