County rejects rezoning for proposed nuclear plant

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The Pueblo County commissioners have rejected a request to rezone land in the eastern part of the county for a nuclear power plant.

The Chieftain reports the commissioners voted 3-0 Monday against a special land-use permit sought by Pueblo lawyer Don Banner. He has proposed rezoning a nearly 38-square-mile parcel to create an energy park that would have included a nuclear power plant.

The commissioners cited concerns about where the water for the plant would come from.

Banner has said he didn’t have any partners or water rights lined up for a nuclear power plant because he first wanted to line up county approval.

Environmental and community groups say the commissioners were right to vote against “expensive, dirty nuclear energy in our backyard.”