Commissioners: No Nuke Plant In Pueblo County

Pueblo county commissioners have unanimously voted down a proposal to allow a nuclear power plant and energy park.

Monday evening they decided against re-zoning the land where the plant would have been built-- thousands of acres between Avondale and Fowler.

"For me the paramount decision for me was water and protecting agriculture, it was a hard decision to make," Pueblo county commissioner Anthony Nunez said.

Donald Banner originally conceived the idea for this energy park and nuclear power plant. He's maintained this development would have brought new jobs and boosted the Southern Colorado economy.

"I respectfully disagree with their decision but it's theirs to make and like the rest of us we all have to live with our decisions and they'll have to live with theirs," Banner said.

"I don't think those are the jobs that really people want and in danger the community within," Nunez said.

In recent public meetings, hundreds of opponents have spoken out, worried about the dangers of such a plant, as well questioning as the real benefit.

"I'm glad they voted no, I'm a little concerned about the water of course was a major issue," opponent to the power plant, David Barber said.

Along with water rights, the commissioners also cited safety concerns and uncertainty about the plan's details in making their decision to vote against the rezoning.

Banner says another Colorado community has approached him to look into the possibility of building them an energy park, but he wouldn't say which community.
He hasn't yet decided if he wants to tackle a project like this again.


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  • by Christmas Location: 81008 on Apr 26, 2011 at 05:51 PM
    Thank you, thank you, thank you to all three commissioners for listening to us and coming to the only rational decision you could possibly make. Nuclear plants are a thing of the past and can no longer be tolerated by any clear thinking people. Thank you to all the people who came to the meetings to be heard, to speak an inconvenient truth. We are the people and there is still much we can do to turn Pueblo into a beautiful, light-filled prospering community of good people.
  • by Walmarts Location: Safeways on Apr 26, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    Pueblo, where dreams come to die
  • by thomasmc Location: colorado springs on Apr 26, 2011 at 08:37 AM
    Hell No, We Won't Glow!
  • by Joel Location: co sprgs on Apr 25, 2011 at 11:16 PM
    Thank you commissioners even if you didn't vote for the right resend you still came up with the right vote colorado is the great outdoors, nature at its finist don't allow that to be distroyed for progress or jobs think of different alternitives think where do we want colorado to be when we are no longer here what do we want to leave behind a great state or distruction
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      by Jay on Apr 26, 2011 at 05:58 AM in reply to Joel
      Colorado is the great ooutdoors, yes but that doesn't mean vote down something that could generate hundreds if not thousands of jobs. The only reason this was voted down is because of the timing. The National media has put such a spin on the nuclear problems in Japan that it's scared the $!%& out of people here. It's typical though. People find a way to stop a good idea. That goes for anything. When it seems to be working, it gets stopped or changed.
  • by Jeff Location: Pueblo on Apr 25, 2011 at 08:46 PM
    Disappointing but not surprising. We would much rather keep this a poor welfare prison community with no jobs, failing education, and no job growth, but we'll open the door for more prisons who routinely infect their violent inmates with deadly diseases and them release them back on an unsuspecting public A NPP in this community would have opened so many doors to greatly improving the health, wealth and opportunity within this community. Nuclear is the only true green technology, every other technology has critical environmental impacts
  • by Jay Location: Pueblo on Apr 25, 2011 at 08:43 PM
    Well, here we are again. The crybabies got what they wanted and convinced the politicians to vote a good idea down. I bet they all got a great little chunk of change in their pocket to vote against it. It just goes to show you that all people want to do is complain how Pueblo is depressed and yet want to stop anything that might boost the economy here. Maybe they like the drugs and gang infestation that Pueblo has now. By voting something like this down, all they did is fuel the fire and the criminals. The sad fact is that as a city gets more and more depressed, the crime goes on a rampage. Oh and by the way to you environmentalists; chain yourselves to a tree and slowly rot!
  • by Anonymous Location: pueblo on Apr 25, 2011 at 08:36 PM
    Adios Dave!
  • by Cee Em Location: Pueblo West on Apr 25, 2011 at 07:59 PM
    Banner was wanting to put Pueblo on-the-map along with Three Mile Island, et.al.,and wanted the County to bend a few regulations from the get-go. Luckily the commissioners had a clearer vision through the $moke$creen!! Don Banner & Company should stick with lawyering and work with non-profits for the Communities of Pueblo County!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2011 at 07:42 PM
    good decision. much better ways to invest in the land. Cant have a water intensive power plant in the desert. We have tons of sun and tons of wind, we need to focus on those areas.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2011 at 07:26 PM
    too ridiculous to even contemplate...Is the nuclear power facility near Fort Collins (St. Vrain) still operating, or has it been mothballed...besides anything else, the environmentalists would NEVER have allowed another nuclear power plant to be built ANYWHERE in the United States. Oh, and good luck getting it through the NRC approval process....How 'bout a wind farm, or maybe a bunch of solar panels...they at least are safer and have a shorter ROI.
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