Members of the Fresno County business community also heard about the plan to bring jobs, technology and round the clock power to the Valley at luncheon where the head of the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation, Steve Giel, says now is the time to act, "Our state can not stick its head in the sand and not deal with the issues the rest of the world is utilizing."
California has just two nuclear plants producing power both on the coast: in San Onofre in southern California and north at Diablo Canyon near Avila beach. The Fresno Clean Energy Park would include the nuclear plant along with solar and desalination plants to increase clean water for farming.
Critics believe it would add to the pollution problems and is inherently unsafe but those who want to build it say it's a much needed and trustworthy addition to the state's power resources, "Jacques Besnainou, Areva Inc., It's very safe. The safety record for this industry for the last twenty years is impeccable around the world. Available 24-seven."
Fresno Nuclear Energy Group member B.B. Blevins added "I think this state's gonna have to seriously consider nuclear power as a component of the future electrical system of California."
The Obama administration supports the building of new nuclear plants in the U.S. The Fresno Nuclear Energy Group and its new partners believe Central California is the place to re-energize nuclear power in America. The AREVA company representatives say the construction phase of this nuclear power plant will generate as many as 10-thousand jobs and once operating it retain 4-to-7-hundred permanent jobs.