Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Payette Commissioners Override P&Z, Allow Nuke Developer AEHI to Proceed

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Payette County Commissioners have overruled their county's Planning and Zoning Commission, giving Alternate Energy Holdings another green light to begin what it calls "its next phase" for a proposed nuclear power plant in Payette County.

On Jan. 12, Payette P&Z commissioners put a stay on any further development by AEHI pending the company's legal tangles at Boise's federal courthouse. That's where AEHI CEO Don Gillispie is answering to a 27-page complaint by the Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging that the company defrauded the public.

But Gillispie still wanted to move forward with his plan to build a nuclear reactor in Southwest Idaho. After the P&Z decision, AEHI appealed to Payette County commisioners, and on Monday, they voted unanimously, agreeing with Gillispie that they can proceed with "preparation of federal site approval."

AEHI's next step is to submit construction permits to Payette P&Z for survey towers, in preparation for core boring and environmental studies.

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