Concerns on waste sites rejected by safety panel

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A contention by environmental groups that Southern Nuclear's plan to add two reactors at Plant Vogtle did not adequately address low-level radioactive waste storage issues was rejected this week by the Atomic Safety & Licensing Board.

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The ruling by the three-member panel eliminates the last of several contested issues the intervenors' group had raised and -- unless an appeal is filed -- clears the path for Southern Nuclear's continued effort to get a combined operating license to build and operate the new reactors, said Joey Ledford, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The waste issue involved the exclusion of nuclear plants in many states -- including Georgia -- from using a low-level waste burial ground in Barnwell, S.C.

The site once accepted waste from 37 states. In July 2008, it limited itself to waste from only South Carolina, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The intervenors contended, among other things, that Southern Nuclear's application for a combined operating license to build the new reactors did not provide adequate information on how the waste would be handled and stored if no offsite facility were available.

The judges disagreed.

"We find these purported failures to provide detailed information regarding design, location, and worker health impacts do not identify a deficiency" in the company's application, they wrote.

The intervenors include the Center for a Sustainable Coast, Savannah Riverkeeper, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Atlanta Women's Action for New Directions and Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League.

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hhwilli 05/21/10 - 05:21 pm
We are so off base on nuclear

We are so off base on nuclear power. The worst nuclear accident, in the US, that I remember, was Three Mile Island. Folks, the safety systems worked! The naysayers whine about the danger of nuclear plants and the pollution of coal and oil fired plants. Folks, we can't support our population and our energy needs with only water, wind, and solar power.
We should be building nuclear power plants as fast as we can!

SCEagle Eye
SCEagle Eye 05/22/10 - 11:38 am
The reactor design that GA

The reactor design that GA Power is pursuing isn't licensed by the NRC. The review of the shield building, which sits over the reactor containment has been halted for over 8 months as the design was flawed. Can Westinghouse pull this one out of the fire, or not? If not, the Vogtle project is in deep troubled and is already facing delays because of the AP1000 problem.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 05/22/10 - 02:20 pm
Red herring alert! Of course

Red herring alert! Of course the new AP1000 reactor design is not licensed yet by the NRC. The NRC is going through the licensing process at this time. Scrutiny is a good and necessary thing to arrive at a design that is accepted by the NRC and the nuclear industry.

Anyone with half a brain would see that the arguments of the intervenors are designed only to gain headlines and to line pockets of lawyers.

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