Blue Castle Holdings COO Thomas Retson answered questions Wednesday at the Museum of the San Rafael about the planned nuclear power plant in Green River.
Retson, the guest speaker at the Emery County Business SummitвЂ™s morning session, the project is currently in the licensing stage. Construction would begin once licensing is completed.
One attendee asked who might be hired to work on the project.
вЂњWe want local people,вЂќ Retson said. вЂњWe can get local people who have power plant backgrounds.вЂќ
Retson said 4,000 construction workers would build the new plant over a five-year period. Plant operations would require another 800 to 1100 workers once construction was completed.
Another attendee raised concerns about housing so many workers.
вЂњI look forward to the day when someone complains to me that we donвЂ™t have enough housing,вЂќ Retson responded. вЂњThink about what that means.вЂќ
Retson also spoke about fuel and plant waste.
вЂњThere is a location on site that is already designated for [waste] storage,вЂќ Retson said. вЂњSubsurface storage of spent nuclear fuel [is safe]. The plant storage room has enough space to hold 100 years worth of waste.вЂќ
Retson said two years of plant operation would only require loads from three 18-wheel flat bed trucks.