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Southern Nuclear responds to Vogtle license challenge

Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 11:23 AM
Last updated 10:45 PM
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Southern Nuclear wants a legal challenge to the licensing of new reactors at Plant Vogtle dismissed because the motion filed by environmental groups was too long.

A consortium of groups asked for judicial review of its request that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission – which issued a combined operating license Feb. 9 – halt further construction due to unresolved safety concerns related to the crisis in Fukushima.

The NRC rejected the petition Feb. 10, after which the groups sought judicial relief in U.S. District Court.

In a motion dated Wednesday and made public Friday, Southern Nuclear said the petitioners – Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Center for a Sustainable Coast and Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions – “greatly exceeded the 10-page limit on motions to stay.”

The company wants the groups’ 20-page motion “struck in its entirety,” or as an alternative, the rules should be changed to allow Southern Nuclear the same number of pages for a response, “in order to afford SNC a fair opportunity to respond,” the motion said.

Work continues at the Burke County site. The $14 billion project includes two new AP1000 reactors, scheduled to go online in 2016 and 2017.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 02/24/12 - 02:24 pm
The failure of the backup

The failure of the backup diesel generators is what led to the meltdown at Fukushima. The cause of the failure was a tsunami that flooded out the diesel generators and would not permit them to start. There is no such credible scenario that would have a tidal wave of that magnitude at Vogtle.

tckr1983 02/24/12 - 02:57 pm
On top of that, it's a

On top of that, it's a completely different reactor design... the AP1000 is apples and oranges to the Mark I. Passive cooling system... look it up and find out why this should be completely dismissed as ideological differences alone.

Atomikrabbit 02/24/12 - 04:18 pm
Both of the above commenters

Both of the above commenters are correct. But 10 pages too long? No, I would say 20.

These anti-nuclear “environmental” groups wouldn’t hesitate a second to instruct one of their many NGO-funded lawyers to use the same legal tactic, if it was in their favor. Turnabout is fair play - live by the shyster, die by the shyster.

SCEagle Eye
SCEagle Eye 02/25/12 - 11:10 am
The NRC will rule against

The NRC will rule against Southern Company concerning this page-length matter - guaranteed. What a trivial effort; Southern Company should stick with substance of the matter at hand and not a bureaucratic sideshow. The AP1000 has a water tank perched on top of the reactor and this could split open in an earthquake, causing the over-hyped "passive" cooling to be totally lost in a severe accident. A small crack in the large tank would be all it takes to eliminate the gravity-fed cooling. The reactor also has no large concrete containment dome, another reversal of years of lessons about the need for this, as demonstrated in the Fukushima accident. It appears that the 9.0 earthquake alone set in motion the meltdowns at Fukushima due to severe damage of the reactor cooling system. The tsunami was just the icing on the radiation cake.

SAMarshall 02/27/12 - 03:58 pm
Eagle Eye, you may want to

Eagle Eye, you may want to change your name and look a little closer. First the NRC will not rule about anything. They already ruled that the group has no basis. There is nothing trivial about asking to be allowed the same length for a response (which is the other proposal to the motion). I don't see how you can say that either limiting them to 10 pages or allowing Southern to use 20 pages also is trivial. Fairness goes both ways. You are also wrong about the AP1000. It absolutely does have a large concrete containment dome. And can you please provide facts that it was the earthquake alone that set in motion the meltdowns? Thanks.

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