Several weeks ago, I mentioned that the governments in the area near the Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station had passed resolutions to encourage the NuStart consortium to build a new plant in their backyard.
They have apparently been busy in the past few weeks and have captured the attention of the Alabama state government. The Huntsville Times published the following comment in their article titled Nuke plant plans aired
State Sen. Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe, said he will do everything he can to lure a NuStart partner to Bellefonte, including getting legislation enacted to provide tax incentives to the utility. Tax incentive packages in Alabama are not authorized for utilities.
“We understand about incentives,” Barron told NuStart Wednesday. “We’ve used them to lure Mercedes, Toyota” and other companies.
“We’ll step up to the plate big time,” he said. “I’ll personally introduce legislation to make it happen. I can assure you the incentives and the support (are) in place.”
The times are definitely changed. Nuclear power plants have officially joined the list of manufacturing enterprises that are encouraged by local people for their job generating effects, their contributions to the local tax base and their ability to produce reliable electricity at a reasonable cost.