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Feds plan second meeting on E. Idaho Areva project

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has agreed to hold a public meeting in Boise on a proposal by French nuclear giant Areva Inc. to build a uranium enrichment plan in eastern Idaho.

The federal agency initially rejected a request for a second meeting in Idaho to take public comment on the project.

The Snake River Alliance and other officials sought a second public meeting as a means for broadening public input on the agency’s environmental impact statement.

The Snake River Alliance opposes Areva’s $4 billion Eagle Rock plant, saying the nuclear facility could have a profound impact on the state and region.

The company intends to produce fuel for nuclear reactors at the facility.

The NRC is hosting the Boise public meeting Aug. 9, then a second in Idaho Falls Aug. 12.

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