Mar 26, 2011 6:50 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Colorado city weighs whether to OK nuclear plant

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - At a time when Japan's nuclear crisis has nations worldwide questioning reactor safety, Southern Colorado's Pueblo County is taking up a fledgling proposal to build a nuclear power plant - the state's first since a plant in the northern town of Platteville was decommissioned in 1989.

A need for electricity and jobs is driving the proposal.

But three days of recent public hearings underscored mixed public opinion after the Japan disaster - sentiments driven by conflicting desires for jobs, tax revenue, energy diversification and safety.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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