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Another great newspaper analysis April 2, 2009

Posted by cleanidahoenergy in AEHI, economic benefits, Elmore County, Energy policy, rural nuclear.
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Nuclear plants are being proposed in many different states and countries, so it’s hard to keep up with the latest news. Every now and then, however, a newspaper editorial or story comes my way and I just have to pass it on.

This one, from the Selma, Ala., Times-Journal, makes many good observations about Alabama Power Co.’s purchase of 5,600 acres in Dallas County for a nuclear plant. Southern Nuclear Operating Co., a sister company to Alabama Power, Mississippi Power Co. and other subsidiaries under the Southern Company umbrella, is one of 21 utility companies last year that filed for permission to build one of 34 power plants nationwide.

“Plenty of employment and benefits come with construction of power plants, according to Wylie [Pat Wylie, director for corporate communications for Alabama Power], who calls the relation between the communities and Alabama Power ‘almost symbiotic,’ meaning as the area served by the company grows, that’s a benefit to the company and the communities. The power company works closely with economic and political leaders in Dallas County and elsewhere to help bring in growth or encourage other industries to locate within those areas.”

This is very true. Nuclear power plants have a vested interest in the social and economic well-being of their surrounding towns and cities. We look forward to proposed plant having a similar relationship with Elmore County and all of Idaho.

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