Boise, Idaho, April 26, 2011 — Alternate Energy Holdings announced Payette County Commissioners scheduled June 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. MDT as the hearing date for AEHI and the company's plan to build a nuclear power plant in rural Payette County, Idaho.
The hearing will determine whether commissioners approve of a requested rezone of a proposed site from agricultural to industrial. An affirmative decision would also be the final approval required by the state of Idaho to build such a plant on this site.
Payette County planning and zoning commissioners already recommended approval for the proposed rezone on December 9, 2010.
"This is the hearing we've been waiting for," said Don Gillispie, AEHI CEO. "Assuming the commissioners follow through on the recommendation from planning and zoning, AEHI will reach an historic milestone as the first independent power producer to receive final local approval to build a new nuclear power plant, which will also be the first greenfield site approval west of the Rockies."
Officials in surrounding towns have also begun writing commissioners with their recommendations. The most recent came from city leaders in New Plymouth, Idaho, which is the nearest town to the proposed site.
Their written statement from April 12, 2011 reads, "The mayor of the city of New Plymouth and the city council have considered again the proposed development of a nuclear generation plant in Payette County at the location they have proposed. We are very much in support of the application by AEHI, as they have proposed."
The site is part of a larger 5,300-acre parcel near Big Willow Road and Stone Quarry Road.