BOISE, Idaho — In a poll released this week, residents in Idaho responded more favorably than their Oregon and Washington did when asked if they would favor building a nuclear power plant within 50 miles of their home.
Nearly one third said they would strongly or somewhat favor a nuclear power plant in Idaho. That compares to Oregon’s 19 percent and Washington’s 23 percent.
John Freemouth, a professor at Boise State University, says the fact that Idaho has the nation’s lead nuclear laboratory could have been a factor in the support. The Idaho National Laboratory currently has more than 4 thousand employees and is dedicated to developing the next generation of safe, clean and reliable nuclear power plants.
Fifty-two percent of Idaho respondents said they think nuclear power plants are a very or somewhat safe source of energy. That’s compared to 42 percent in Oregon and 44 percent in Washington.
The survey was conducted by the non-partisan research firm, Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall of Portland. It posed questions about the environment to 1,200 residents of Oregon, Idaho and Washington. The survey was conducted for EarthFix, a public media partnership in the Northwest that covers environmental news.
Congrats to David James for his winning submission, 'Annabella smelling the Balsam.'
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