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Meeting will focus on groups' qualms

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The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will conduct a series of conferences this week to discuss the admissibility of environmental groups' concerns about the planned addition of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

The primary issues involve the approval of subtle design changes in the reactors that would be installed and whether there is space to store the 11,518 cubic feet of additional low-level radioactive waste that would be created each year.

Southern Nuclear filed its early site permit application Aug. 15, 2006, and later applied for a Combined Operating License to build and operate the two Westinghouse reactors on the Savannah River site 26 miles downstream from Augusta.

Beth Thomas, a Southern Nuclear spokeswoman, said the conference -- set for 9 a.m. Wednesday -- is designed to determine whether the issues are admissible for evaluation later.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Roger Hannah said the design changes in the reactors will be subtle.

"It's not really Southern Nuclear seeking design changes, but they are purchasing reactors from Westinghouse, and it is a Westinghouse design application request that is incorporated into the license requirement," Mr. Hannah said. "They have refined their design over the last few years."

The conference will be held at the Sam Nunn Federal Building, 61 Forsyth St. S.W. in Atlanta. A videoconference will be held with a location in Maryland.

Southern Nuclear hopes to get approval for an early site permit this year, which would allow a combined construction and operating license to be issued as early as 2011.

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SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 01/25/09 - 10:24 am
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Let's apply the big

Let's apply the big government test to these reactors. Is Georgia power willing to forgo 1) federal "loan guarantees" and 2) collecting money from rate payers in advance of the reactors' construction (so-called Construction Work in Progress) ? If not, what we have here is a project fraught with risk which the company is attempting to put on the back of the rate payers and tax payers. If this is such a great idea (though many times more costly than conservation & efficiency) then let the company and share holders bear the risk and don't use the government to subsidize private interests. Deal?

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/25/09 - 12:30 pm
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"The primary issues involve

"The primary issues involve the approval of subtle design changes in the reactors that would be installed and whether there is space to store the 11,518 cubic feet of additional low-level radioactive waste that would be created each year." ------ Just what we needed to know, "subtle design changes" and where to store even more nuclear waste. More seepage into the ground water again? Did they ever find out how those Burke country wells even got contaminated?????

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 01/25/09 - 02:41 pm
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Sandy, what wells do you

Sandy, what wells do you speak of? I live in Burke County and am in a position to know and have not heard of any at all! Also if they don't build, how will you power your computer for your ill informed opinions??

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/25/09 - 02:59 pm
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For the seriously

For the seriously misinformed, who's peanuts obviously been radiated.... http://www.gaepd.org/Files_PDF/gaenviron/radiation/radrpt2002_summary.pdf .... "...The vast majority of results from EPD environmental monitoring indicate that radiation levels and concentrations of man-made radionuclides remained consistent with background radiation levels. However, several areas or categories that were tested had elevated concentrations of manmade radionuclides or elevated radiation levels attributable to operations at the facility monitored, as depicted on the front cover of this report. Of these locations or categories, none regularly exceeded U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission reporting levels. However, five (5) exceptions were noted during the period covered by this report:" [...] 4) Leafy vegetation (forage) from two locations in southern Richmond County exceeded the airborne-pathway reporting level of 15 mrem/yr to bone: 370 % of the reporting level with a projected dose of 56 mrem at Bush Field; 170% of the reporting level with a projected dose of 26 mrem at McBean ....

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/25/09 - 03:03 pm
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"...The reporting level is

"...The reporting level is used as a guideline by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to monitor or
to flag the impact of a facility. It is equivalent to a committed effective dose of 10 mrem per year
(or 15 mrem per year to any critical organs of the body) for the air-pathway, which includes
inhalation and any associated fallout-related doses from ground-shine and from consumption of
food products."

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/25/09 - 03:12 pm
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Now, that the Peanuts are

Now, that the Peanuts are radiated, let's make sure that beer vat is as contaminated, 'K.... http://www.warprofiteers.com/article.php?id=14900 ..... "However, according to study by Joseph Mangano, MPH, "the cancer death rate for children and adolescents in the 11 counties closest to Vogtle rose 58.5 percent, compared to a 14.1 percent decline nationally," since Units 1 and 2 opened. The study is based on data from Southern Company and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

"During the same periods, the death rate in Burke County... rose sharply for all cancers, especially for Blacks and for children and young/middle age adults, while U.S. rates declined," the study continues.

The Draft EIS does not explain the increase in cancer rates, although it does note that current rate of cancer in Burke County, 221 per 100,000 people, is higher than the rate for Georgia statewide, 196. Major respiratory diseases are higher, 141 to 90. Major cardiovascular diseases are higher, 448 to 326." .... Hope you have good health and life insurance, Peanuts!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 01/26/09 - 08:15 am
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Again, you're citing things

Again, you're citing things in Richmond County, which is upriver and away from Plant Vogtle and are stated to be Airborne, not waterborn as you suggest and can also be attributed to Medicinal Wastes going into the waste water treatment system as well as many factors, such as industries and transportation systems in that area! As to the Death and Disease Rate in Burke County, you forgot to include the fact that the majority of the population is Low to No income who have the habits of smoking tobacco as well as unlawful substances and abusing legal and illegal substances! If you compare Burke County to other areas of similar demographics you will find the same numbers. Please stop twisting statistics to say what you please while using the electricity generated from the facility you so readily put down!!

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