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Idaho Nuclear Power Regulation Initiative (2008)

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An Idaho Nuclear Power Regulation Initiative was proposed as an initiative for the November 4, 2008 ballot in Idaho, but the measure did not qualify for the ballot.

The measure, if passed, would have prohibited the building of nuclear power plants in Idaho until voted on and approved at a statewide election and attainment of a state permit.

Dr. Peter Rickards was the official proponent of the measure.


A number of Idaho newspapers and local bloggers concerned about public safety published articles in favor of the initiative, including the Mountain Express and the Times News.[1][2]

The Snake River Alliance supported the initiative and criticized the tactics of Alternate Energy Holdings, an opponent of the initiative.[3]


The primary opponent of the measure was Alternate Energy Holdings, an organization which wanted to build a nuclear reactor in Owyhee County.[4]

Initiative found unconstitutional?

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said in late February 2008 that the initiative may be found unconstitutional because it falls "outside the scope of actions allowable by initiative or referendum."[5]

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