Boise Hearing Slated on Areva Nuke Proposal


Residents of the Treasure Valley will be able to weigh in on the proposed uranium enrichment factory in Eastern Idaho. The Snake River Alliance is heralding a reversal from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to agree to the Boise hearing to gather public comment on the proposed Areva facility, which could be built between Idaho Falls and the Idaho National Laboratory.

Only one public meeting had been slated, in Idaho Falls, but that prompted protest from the Snake River Alliance, and hundreds of comments (including one from Boise Mayor Dave Bieter) asking for a Boise session. The NRC has slated the Boise hearing for Monday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. No word yet on the location.

Areva has already snagged state and local tax breaks, a $2 billion federal loan and grants from Idaho's Commerce and Labor departments to move the project forward. But none of it goes anywhere without a green light from the NRC.