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McCaskill: Ameren Application is ‘tremendous opportunity for Missouri jobs’

Senator expresses strong support for the potential to design and build nuclear unit in Missouri

April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today released the following statement in response to an announcement from Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse on their application to design and build a modular nuclear unit for export in Missouri:

"This move is a tremendous opportunity for Missouri jobs, and it's all the more promising that stakeholders from all corners are supporting the effort. In addition to the potential for good-paying jobs, a program like this could put our state on the front lines for developing state-of-the-art technology to be exported across the globe, and would mean expanded technical training and nuclear expertise at our Universities. I strongly support this application, and look forward to working with folks on the ground to make this idea a reality."

Representatives from Ameren and Westinghouse have said that Missouri was selected for this project based on "strong support from key state and federal policymakers"-including McCaskill-and an "unprecedented alliance of electric energy providers."

McCaskill also said that such a nuclear program would strengthen Missouri's energy security and benefit Missouri ratepayers.

McCaskill strongly supports domestic energy production-including construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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