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Blunt says plans for new nuclear power facilities should continue in U.S.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
Bill Greenblatt | UPI
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt in 2010.

Despite the ongoing danger of nuclear reactor meltdowns in Japan, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says plans for new facilities should continue in this country.

Workers in Japan are trying to cool overheating reactors damaged by last week's earthquake and tsunami. Blunt says earthquakes would likely not cause similar problems at any nuclear facility in the U.S., including Missouri's lone reactor in Callaway County.

"Those facilities could and should be built to anticipate earthquake problems and other problems and be totally prepared to meet the needs of those problems and there are places in Missouri where that's a bigger concern than other places," Blunt said.

Ameren Missouri officials have said that the Callaway nuclear plant is not susceptible to the type of earthquake damage that facilities in Japan have suffered. The utility will meet with the media tomorrow to discuss the safety of the plant.

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