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Nuclear Fallout


After becoming a pivotal figure in Owyhee County's effort to draft a powerful new energy plan (in lieu of a decent state plan), Joe Weatherby resigned his post as a county planning and zoning commissioner last week.

According to the Owyhee Avalanche, Weatherby said his resignation, just two years into a three-year term, has nothing to do with his battle against nuclear power in Owyhee County (BW, Features, "The Nuclear Option," Jan. 16, 2008).

In drafting his energy plan, Weatherby quickly gathered high-placed opposition, including some from Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's administration.

"I'm trying to do this without blowing the county up," Weatherby told the Avalanche. "I've worked my butt off to try to do the right thing for the county, and most of the time I get kicked in the teeth."

His plan, which de-emphasized nuclear power, also pissed off Alternate Energy Holdings, the newly formed nuclear energy company that is hoping to build a small nuclear power plant in Owyhee County.