Idaho Sen. Larry Craig joined officials from the French company Areva today to announce that the firm has chosen eastern Idaho as the location for its next uranium enrichment plant. Craig called Areva “a world-class nuclear company,” and said, “It is a phenomenal opportunity for Idaho to play host to and partner with the potential that this company brings to the state.” Idaho lawmakers this year scrambled to enact big tax incentives designed to woo the firm, which also was considering Washington, Ohio, Texas and New Mexico for the $2 billion uranium enrichment plant, the first the company will build in the United States. The company expects to begin construction by 2011.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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