Nov 20 2012

Senator Blunt: Ameren/Westinghouse Ideal For DOE Small Modular Reactor Development Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced they will not award Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse with the full amount of investment funding made available to design and commercialize Small Modular Reactors (SMR):

“Missouri’s central location, key infrastructure, and universities with nationally recognized nuclear engineering programs make it the best location for this project. I’m disappointed the Obama administration did not heed my calls to strongly consider this application, and I’ll continue to support Ameren and Westinghouse as they continue to pursue this important energy and economic development opportunity for our state.”

Earlier this year, Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse applied for up to $452 million in investment funding. DOE announced an additional review process for a smaller portion of these funds, having not awarded Ameren with the first round of SMR investment funds.

In March 2012, Blunt joined eight other Missouri lawmakers in sending a letter to DOE in support of Ameren’s application for the SMR investment funds.

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