Idea Of Nuclear Plant Near Payette Draws Fears, Support

PAYETTE, IDAHO — A proposal for a nuclear power plant just east of the Oregon border in Idaho has raised some concerns and drawn support.

The idea has been advanced by a subsidiary of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, which Warren Buffett controls.

At a town meeting in Payette this week, people wanted to know where the plant would get all the water it needs. Company officials say they’re studying how to buy water. The plant would use 25,000 acre-feet a year.

Businessman Duane Youngberg says he’s not worried about safety, and he welcomes the economic benefits.

Peter Rickards of Twin Falls calls radiation a chief concern and got some applause when he urged residents to oppose the plant.

Company officials say they haven’t yet decided to go through with the plant, but a decision on permitting and construction could come next fall.