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Areva Picks Idaho For $2B Uranium Plant

Item: Areva picks E. Idaho for $2 billion uranium enrichment plant: Facility will make fuel for power plants and may help revive the nuclear industry/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman

More Info: A uranium enrichment plant near Idaho Falls will be one of the largest construction projects in the state’s history, and it could create 1,000 jobs for the five years it takes to complete it. Construction on Areva Inc.’s $2 billion facility could begin as early as 2011, once the French-backed company obtains a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The facility, which was announced Tuesday, would produce fuel for nuclear power plants. Operating the plant could employ 250 highly paid workers as early as 2014.

Question: Is this a good or bad thing for Idaho?

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