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Idaho Hears “Other Side” About Proposed Nuke Plant

October 22, 2008

Elmore County, ID – Opponents of a proposed nuclear power plant in Elmore County will air their reasons for trying to stop the project at a public hearing tonight. They plan to comment on new laws and re-zoning they say are required for the plant, after a previous hearing featured information favoring the plan. The plant developers promise a thousand new jobs and millions of dollars in additional taxes for the county.

Andrea Shipley, with the Snake River Alliance, opposes the project, saying local people have been asking questions about what kind of jobs are likely, and whether they will go to Idahoans.

"I think they’re also very concerned about what this is going to do to a rural lifestyle."

The greatest concern, says Shipley, is water. The company proposing the plant says it has enough water rights to tap into the Snake River, but she says state officials disagree.

"The Idaho Department of Water Resources says it best when it says, 'It would be difficult to obtain new water rights from the Snake River in that location.'"

This is Alternate Energy Holdings' second try to build a nuclear plant in Idaho. They abandoned a previous location in Owyhee County, saying the land wasn't suitable.

Elmore County must change zoning laws designed to preserve the agricultural landscape in order to allow the plant to move forward. The company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a contingency plan in case the nuclear plant plan fails; they will push for a coal-fired power plant at the site.

Deborah Smith/Steve Powers, Public News Service - ID