Payette County Commissioners Listen to AEHI Testimony in Marathon Hearing

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The latest act in the ongoing saga surrounding Alternate Energy Holdings Inc.'s proposal to build a nuclear power reactor played out last night at the Payette High School auditorium.

Payette County Commissioners (left to right) Larry Clark, Rudy Endrikat and Marc Shigeta
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  • Payette County Commissioners (left to right) Larry Clark, Rudy Endrikat and Marc Shigeta.

Payette County commissioners listened to more than 30 people testify for or against AEHI's plan. Proponents outnumbered opposition two to one, and most of those testifying on behalf of AEHI either worked for or were contracted by the Eagle-based company. Commissioners must ultimately decide whether to rezone a parcel of land in New Plymouth from agricultural to industrial, allowing AEHI to move forward with its proposal.

Water usage, environmental impacts and nuclear safety were all grist for the mill. The nearly four-hour marathon also included references to Jesus and Mother Goose nursery rhymes. You can read all about the hearing in Wednesday's BW.

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