Heber considers a nuclear-powered future

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HEBER CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – On Monday night, Heber Light and Power hosted a public meeting about sourcing nuclear power from Idaho.

“Nuclear power is carbon-free power. And we’re always looking at options that give us carbon-free power. Coal plants are shutting down,” said Celeste Johnson, Midway Mayor. She’s also on the Heber Light and Power Board.

The proposal would involve a series of small modular nuclear reactors. The technology would be first-of-its-kind. Based in Idaho Falls at the Idaho National Laboratory, the proposed nuclear reactors have been garnering interest from around the world. Officials say 28 municipalities have already signed on; Heber Light and Power hasn’t officially done so yet and hosted Monday night’s meeting to help the public learn about the project.

“I’m fairly convinced that the technology itself is safe. I’m not convinced that the waste is safe,” said Johnson.

Heber Light and Power has until April to sign the contract; officials working on the project hope construction at the Idaho facility would start in 2026.

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