PUEBLO- The nation’s biggest new nuclear facility is being proposed for the BX Ranch near Boone, east of Pueblo.
Alternate Energy Holdings, Inc. of Texas want to create an $83 million industrial park that could have as many as four reactors. The reactors will use a waterless "dry" design to avoid the large cooling towers and water used of older reactors.
Part of the reactors′ heat will be used to cook any number of biomass commodities to make ethanol, a spokesman said. The commodities could be anything from switchgrass to municipal waste to cow manure.
Another possibility would be to build a natural gas-fired power plant, as the BX ranch straddles one of the larger natural gas pipelines in the region.
A key component to the project would be water supplied by the Weldon ditch or the Cuchara River.
Concern over having a nuclear plant in Southeastern Colorado is understandable, the spokesman added, but not justified.
“Today′s nuclear power is better and safer than what was being used in the 1970s, when a leak at Three Mile Island made nuclear power the butt of jokes about glowing in the dark. Even then nuclear power was very safe, as shown by the fact that no one was injured at Three Mile Island, he said.