Alternate Energy Holdings (AEHI) has said that the Payette County, Idaho Board of Commissioners unanimously approved changes to their plan for the specific purpose of building a nuclear power plant. The change involves a 5,000 acre piece of property, which adjusts the property's use from agricultural to industrial.

Don Gillispie, CEO of AEHI, said: “The decision clearly indicates the county wants our nuclear plant on that location and no other industrial complex will do. This proves beyond a doubt their support is very strong for our plant.

“It is excellent news for AEHI, including our investors, not to mention residents who want good jobs and low cost, reliable power. Our supporters have been very patient waiting for local approval in Idaho and their patience is paying off.”

The proposed plant is expected to create around 5,000 jobs through the construction phase and more than 1,000 jobs during operations. During construction alone, the project should increase Idaho’s GDP by $5.3bn, while $4.8bn will flow directly through Payette County.