SALT LAKE CITY -- A former state lawmaker-turned-nuclear plant proponent says Utah would benefit economically from a Green River nuclear power plant.
Aaron Tilton made his pitch Monday to the state Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Tilton told officials the Blue Castle Energy plant could add 50 percent to the state's power generation while consuming 1 percent of state water resources.
He called the benefits real, in terms of jobs, tax base and labor income.
Opponents say water is a key resource for Utah's future, and other power sources would make more efficient use of water.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert called during his recent State of the State address for a debate about a nuclear energy plant in Utah.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com