Callaway County Buzzes Over Power Plant

9 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Friday, November 19 2010 Nov 19, 2010 Friday, November 19, 2010 9:54:10 PM CST November 19, 2010 in News

FULTON - Governor Nixon's announcement that the state plans to move ahead with the permitting process to build a second power plant in Callaway County had residents excited Friday. Many were surprised by the news, but they are also optimistic the new plant will bring jobs and commerce to their community.

Kathryn Wade moved to Fulton the year that the first nuclear reactor opened, in 1976. Her husband was a construction worker who helped build it, and has lived in Fulton off-and-on for 25 years where she now runs a bookstore.

"The last six or seven months have been rough," Wade said. However, she says if her own experience is any indication, if the state builds another power plant, it will bring more commerce to Fulton.

Richard Ray is a construction worker who has been working in retail part-time for the last two years. He said that he had to find a second job because there isn't enough demand for construction.

"Things have really been slow," Ray said. "The construction people really need projects like this right now."

Ray also said he is trying to sell his house and he said he hopes that it will be easier to find a buyer.

"It will bring more people to Fulton to run it. It's going to help everyone in town," Ray said.

Some residents said they were worried about the environmental impacts of the plant. Since there is already a nuclear plant in Callaway County, many residents say they aren't worried.


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