Feb 23, 2011 12:47 AM by David Ortiviz

Environmental group opposed to proposed nuclear power plant

A group wants to build a clean energy park in southeast Pueblo County including a nuclear power plant, but not everyone supports it.

Puebloans for Energizing Our Community want to build the energy park south of Highway 50, about 25 miles east of Pueblo.

The land is zoned for agricultural use, but Tuesday night they asked the Pueblo County Planning Commission to rezone it for their project. In addition to nuclear power, the energy park could include solar, wind, bio-mass and geo-thermal power stations.

Puebloans for Energizing Our Community says the the energy park would send a jolt to the local economy, by creating up to 700 permanent jobs. "We need it for economic growth and jobs," said Donald Banner, with P.E.O.C.

The environmental group, the Sierra Club is opposed to nuclear power. "Nuclear energy is not clean. If you realize they are allowed to release radioactive gases and water into the environment," said Sharyn Cunningham, with the Sierra Club.

"By definition spent nuclear fuel is not hazardous waste. By definition in Colorado law, by definition in Pueblo County regulations," said Banner.

The planning commission has not made a decision yet, on whether to re-zone the land. The meeting started at 5 p.m. and as of 10:45 p.m. it was still going on.



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