(POCATELLO, ID) – The Hoku polysilicon plant in Pocatello could be torn down and sold for scrap. Hoku filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy July 7, leaving $25 million in unpaid bills to industrial contractor JH Kelly. The $600 million facility was nearly 80 percent completed before Hoku was forced to close the plant because of major financing difficulties, including a sparring match over utility payments to Idaho Power. Officials estimate that the plant’s scrap metal alone is worth up to $25 million.
Idaho State Journal staff