JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker has proposed legislation to allow utilities to charge electric customers for some costs of developing a nuclear power plant.

The Legislature is considering proposals to let power companies recoup from customers the cost of getting an early site permit from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. A voter approved law currently bars utilities from charging customers for the costs of a new power plant before it starts producing electricity.

Critics say the initial nuclear power proposals have not had enough protections for consumers.

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