Nuclear Energy Proposal Advances

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A bill to encourage the development of more nuclear power plants in Kansas received first-round approval in the
Senate Thursday.

The voice-vote advanced the bill to a final vote needed to send
it to the House.

The measure would allow utilities to recover their costs through electric rates if they study the feasibility of building a nuclear power plant. It also would set favorable depreciation rules.

Senator Roger Reitz is pushing the measure. The Manhattan Republican said the state needs more nuclear power to meet future energy needs.

The state has just one nuclear plant, Wolf Creek, outside Burlington.

The nuclear energy proposal is SB586


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