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 By Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Contact
February 4, 2008

Boise, ID – The French government-controlled Areva, Inc., is considering locating one of its new uranium enrichment plants in the Gem State. The plant would process a uranium product called "yellow cake," which is used in nuclear power plants.

As part of its decision, the company is reportedly asking for tax breaks and financial incentives from Idaho. Ken Miller with the Snake River Alliance says details are still sketchy, and there are significant questions that must be answered.

"We're asking what kinds of materials would they be importing into Idaho, and of course, what kinds of environmental and health impacts might result from an operation like this?"

According to Miller, state legislators are taking a cautious approach this session, and the last time the Idaho Legislature granted big tax breaks to companies, including Albertsons and Micron, the results were not as expected.

"I assume that taxpayers and legislators will take a very hard look at an incentive package of that size to attract a company like this."

Bonneville County is a possible site for a plant, although other locations across the country are competing. Supporters see the plant as a possible economic boon to the county.

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