VICTORIA, Texas -- The nuclear disaster in Japan is raising awareness and casting a light on a proposal to build a nuclear power plant a hundred miles from Houston.

Exelon, the nation's largest nuclear power producer, is trying to get an early site permit for a proposed nuclear power plant south of Victoria. The city's economic development corporation sought out the Chicago-based electric company. It could bring millions of dollars for the local economy. A hearing for the early site permit is scheduled for Wednesday.

While some longtime residents expressed concern, others had no complaints.

It will bring jobs in and stuff. Some people are worried about disasters, but I think it will be good, said Martin Gutierrez.

The company has up to 20 years to decide whether to build a plant, and that requires another set of permits.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a hearing on the proposal Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Performing Arts Building located at 214 North Main Street in Victoria. The public is invited to attend.

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