Plant Vogtle makes Nuclear Regulatory Commission list for earthquake analysis

Monday, May 12, 2014 2:30 PM
Last updated Tuesday, May 13, 2014 1:20 AM
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Plant Vogtle made a federal list of 21 nuclear reactors east of the Rocky Mountains that are vulnerable to earthquakes and need to conduct detailed analyses explaining their ability to withstand damage from seismic activity.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is requiring Plant Vogtle in Burke County to submit a detailed risk analysis by June 30, 2017. An expedited review is required by this December to make sure the plant about 30 miles south of Augusta could safely shut down after an earthquake.

The requirements are part of ongoing work by the NRC after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan. New models of seismic activity showed that earthquake risks beyond the West Coast are more threatening than was understood when many nuclear power plants were built in the 1970s and 1980s.

The NRC reviewed reports from 59 nuclear reactor sites in the central and eastern U.S. with updated earthquake hazard information. A prioritized list of reactors needing further analysis was released Friday.

“We’ve examined this information to see how a plant’s new quake hazard compares to the ground movement that the plant’s original design process considered,” said Eric Leeds, the director of the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, in a news release. “We’re closely following the industry’s response, and we’re confident the plants are safe to continue operating.”

If the expedited safety review due in December shows that equipment needs to be updated, the work must be completed by December 2016.

Other reactors facing scrutiny include Plant Hatch in Baxley, Ga.; Catawba Nuclear Station in York, S.C.; Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca, S.C.; Robinson Nuclear Plant in Hartsville, S.C.; and V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, S.C.

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AutumnLeaves 05/12/14 - 02:42 pm
I'm confused. Shouldn't

I'm confused. Shouldn't earthquake analysis reports have been ongoing before, during, and after construction, during and after maintenance, at regular intervals throughout Plant Vogtle's planning and existence? Especially since this is a well-known quake zone, since before Plant Vogtle came to be.

Bodhisattva 05/13/14 - 07:00 am
Amen! Remember, however, The

Amen! Remember, however, The Southern Company owns the PSC and the Georgia Legislature. People are paying for Vogtle who will be long dead and gone before it comes online. They also made sure that no foul ups, no cost overruns, nothing Georgia Power and The Southern Company does wrong would eat into their profit margins and rate of return of 11.5% should Votgle run more than $300 million over budget. They can knowingy screw things up and it won't cost them a dime. Thanks to State Senator Don Balfour's (R) SB 31 and Georgia Power's 70 lobbyists (Pretty good since we only have 56 State Senators. One and a quarters lobbyists per person. That has to be some sort of record, but look how much money they were going to make.), we get to pay for years, but big businesses don't. Individuals and small business rates will have skyrocketed for paying for no extra electricity, while those that use the most were exempted so they wouldn't get in the fight about the skyrocketing rates. I wonder what kind of deal they'll get when we really have to start paying back the costs of the plant? Will they be exempted there too, and all the costs will fall on the people that have already been robbed for years and can least afford to pay the even more outrageous rates? Balfour, a graduate of Bob Jones University has the same ethics as Georgia's Governor and managed to walk on numerous charges but still had to pay fines. Acquitted but fined? The guy ives in Snellville, a hop, skip, and jump from Atlanta (25 miles):

Committee days & travel expenses

When the Legislature is out of session, members may collect $173 per diem, plus mileage, for committee meetings or other official business. (Per diem was $127 prior to 2007.) Lawmakers living within 50 miles of the Capitol are taxed on these payments, which were originally intended to cover out-of-town members’ food and lodging. Here’s the annual breakdown, based on the year in which the expenses were paid:
•2001: $4,901 (20 days)
•2002: $5,154 (21 days)
•2003: $15,029 (62 days) #7 in Senate
•2004: $15,279 (76 days) #3 in Senate
•2005: $19,390 (85 days) #2 in Senate
•2006: $20,227 (119 days) #1 in Senate
•2007: $18,099 (74 days) #7 in Senate
•2008: $23,551 (95 days) #1 in Senate
•2009: $14,872 (65 days) #7 in Senate
•2010: $16,881 (82 days) #2 in Senate
•2011: $26,022 (126 days) #1 in Senate
•2012: $5,336 (24 days)
•2013: $5,740 (29 days)
He likes to travel a lot. You'd think Waffle House would keep him busy enough that he wouldn't have time to do that much traveling and collecting taxpayer money.

Djchaz2014 05/20/14 - 12:23 am
Shouldnt be Confused.

Autumnleaves: Of course the plant already has a detailed earthquake analysis and design in place. The point you missed in reading the article is that the Fukushima disaster in Japan had required the NRC to reassess the Safe Shutdown Earthquake Criteria for 21 NPP on the east coast including Vogtle.

Bodhisattva: I have to disagree with your 2nd sentence: "People are paying for Vogtle who will be long dead and gone before it comes online." Both plants will be online by 2018. 4 years from now. Maybe you should rephrase your sentence to be more believable. It destroys your creditability.

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