Mar 13, 2011 11:04 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Public hearings on nuclear power this week in Pueblo

Workers in Japan pump seawater into nuclear reactors to keep them from a meltdown, but the crisis is not over. These actions come as Pueblo County Commissioners this week will listen to debate about putting a nuclear power plant in Pueblo County, south of Avondale.

"I don't think you can push it aside. I think you just gotta weigh the information that is presented to us," explains John Cordova, Pueblo County Commissioner.

As locals will weigh in this week on nuclear power in Colorado, national lawmakers suggest putting nuclear power plants on hold.

"Not to stop building nuclear power plants but to put the brakes on right now until we understand the ramifications of what's happened in Japan," says Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT).

Those behind the push for this energy park in Pueblo County say it's time to move forward on nuclear power.

"All you can combat fear with is fact," suggests Don Banner. "I believe it's a clean form of energy. I believe it's a safe form of energy, not withstanding what's happening today in Japan."

Banner is the Pueblo attorney who wants the 24,000-acre Clean Energy Park to happen. The proposed park would include solar, geo-thermal, and wind energy.

Public hearings will be at the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center March 15 and 16 in Pueblo starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday's hearing will have a presentation by Banner, followed by arguments for the park. Wednesday is the night for people to argue against the park.



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