Anti-nuclear activists plan Saturday meeting near Plant Vogtle

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A busload of Atlanta anti-nuclear activists will hold a community meeting Saturday with residents of the Shell Bluff community near Plant Vogtle to discuss the impacts of the nuclear industry.

The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery will preside over the event, which will begin with a community luncheon at noon, followed by a 3:30 p.m. news conference, both held at Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church, 1582 Ben Hatcher Road.

The meeting was organized by Georgia’s statewide Coalition for the People’s Agenda and Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions.

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copperhead
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copperhead 01/05/12 - 02:10 pm
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We need to close all

We need to close all coal-fired power plants,stop building nuclear power plants,and shut down all nuclear power plants. That will satisfy everyone...except the folks that use electricity,they will be put in the dark.BUT we will be safer. Does it really matter what we must give up as long as we are safer? I know i'll be glad to do without electricity as long as i'm safe. Kinda like freedoms-lose a few to be safe.

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tckr1983 01/05/12 - 06:34 pm
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First of all, I'm in school

First of all, I'm in school currently to work at Vogtle 3 & 4...

These environmentalists need to realize that they are protesting jobs first of all and then that they're also protesting THE most safety conscientious regulated field that there is. Period. Because they have to be.

There is procedure after procedure and safety check after safety check before any particular task is done at the plant... everything. They have simulation after simulation for any possible situation that could occur... an asteroid strike on the containment vessel you say? It's got a procedure.

The situation in Japan cannot be applied to the construction at Vogtle... 1) there aren't tsunami's here or earthquakes on such a scale that took place at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. 2) the plants in Japan didn't make the necessary modifications to prevent this very thing like has been done to nuclear plants in the US. 3) these AP-1000's are newer reactors with gravity fed water cooling systems (passive systems) that are triggered after water levels drop to a certain point in the reactor pool due to evaporation. You can never say never, but you're more likely to get struck by lightning in your bathtub while your dog talks to you in Portuguese on the friday before Christmas (Dec. 21st, 2012). Get my drift?

I can understand being against something, but nuclear energy wouldn't even be on the front page of my list. Try the appendix. There is site after site on this topic and much better than any alternative to date. It's steam, not carbon dioxide emissions.

If the reasoning for being "against" anything is on the most absurd of unlikely possibilities... why even go out of your house?

How about Atlantans worry about Atlanta and we'll handle things in Augusta... it is the safest field there is in the employment world today and there is no mistaking this. Ask ANYONE in the field or is currently working at Vogtle and you'll feel much more better about your friends in Burke County along the river.

http://ap1000.westinghousenuclear.com/station_blackout_home/images/AP100...

copperhead
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copperhead 01/05/12 - 08:58 pm
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ANYTHING that can cause harm

ANYTHING that can cause harm to any living thing should be banned and outlawed! Coal-fired power plants should be shut down NOW! Nuclear power plants should be phased out within 5 years. We need ONLY solar power. Green energy only! mmm mmm obama tingle tingle

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PaxusCalta 01/06/12 - 12:22 am
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I fear the thinking of my

I fear the thinking of my fellow commentators is a bit weak. Nuclear power is capital intensive, almost all other forms of electricity generation create more jobs. Both the economics and climate protection aspects of nuclear power are poor (see www.tinyurl.com/forgetnuclear3 for an excellent treatment). The government has to subsidize both the construction and the insurance for this industry, because private capital will not touch it otherwise (this was true before Fukushima and is even more so now). Those who pretend that are only options are coal and nuclear are trivializing this discussion in an effort to scare people into their point of view.

Germany and Japan have inferior renewable resources to the US (and to Georgia). Both nations have both turned away from nuclear after decades of commitment. Sadly, it will likely take a US domestic nuclear accident (as we nearly had at Fort Calhoun this summer) for us to realize we are making the wrong choice.

tckr1983
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tckr1983 01/06/12 - 02:30 am
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And you're not trying to push

And you're not trying to push your point of view? You're outright lying in your post! Your links are conspiracy theories, literally.

Germany abandons Nuclear to build coal-fired power plants with the decision being politically/ideologically driven and nothing to do with nuclear itself... kind've like how our president is doing everything possible to squash the Coal plants in America today. They're (Germany) now worried about widespread blackouts this winter and surely not turning to solar or wind power that aren't suffice to begin with.

As far as the Level 4 in Omaha... it simply didn't happen. You do know how absurd that article is you're referring to? First the Obama administration would've had to order a news blackout while putting millions of Americans at risk and secondly you're relying on the RUSSIAN FEDERAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY as your source... really? Google it and see how many sites come up refuting your source. This is America, not North Korea... word of a coverup would've gotten out by the media and definitely by the employees of the plant whose own families would've been at risk.

I'm sorry, but you're not being truthful whatsoever in this discussion. If you don't believe in nuclear thats fine... just don't present "evidence" to others as fact when it's not and confuse/lie to others that might not know as much on the topic as you or I. Maybe one day solar or wind will be suffice and meet our needs... that day is not here and won't be for a while.

Anyone reading this comment section... I encourage you to check up on Mr. Paxus' sources and then make a decision for yourself.

Rod Adams
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Rod Adams 01/06/12 - 05:09 am
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It is good to see someone

It is good to see someone like tckr1983 getting into the fray to protect his future prosperity and to defend a valuable energy source from the likes of professional antinuclear activists like PaxusCalta.

Nuclear energy is safe, reliable, affordable and emission free. The loan guarantees and insurance pool established by the Price-Anderson act do not cost taxpayers a single dime. Southern Company will pay back its loan with interest and it will pay an upfront fee on top of that payment to cover the tiny risk that such a stable company will default on its obligations.

Scana, the other company that is building new reactors is not even asking for a loan guarantee. I am not sure of the details, but Scana believes that its reactor construction costs will be substantially lower than what Southern is estimating for Vogle. I presume that part of that is due to the inevitable learning curves that happen whenever you begin building the same product in series. Vogtle is what we call an FOAK (first of a kind) project, so it is going to have some additional costs. The second one will be cheaper, the fourth one will be even cheaper and by the time we get to the 10th or 20th AP1000 we should be getting pretty good at the mirad of tasks.

Paxus is also lying by saying that other forms of energy generate more jobs. One of the things that he is ignoring is the effect on all kinds of other business from having abundant, affordable, dependable, emission free electricity.

Rod Adams
Publisher, Atomic Insights

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nuke roadie 01/06/12 - 02:11 pm
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Fort Calhoun got wet,that was

Fort Calhoun got wet,that was the extent of it. The entire "news blackout" conspiracy is ridiculous at best and paranoid at worst. It is a weak scare tactic used way to often when the real facts are NOT scary enough for the anti nuclear contingent. Have fun on your bus trip,sing songs,hug trees,dress funny to get your 15 minutes on the news but know this,Your efforts will not change anything. Vogtle will be built.

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Dixieman 01/06/12 - 05:23 pm
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Fools.

Fools.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 01/06/12 - 05:28 pm
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Are Al and Jessie on the bus

Are Al and Jessie on the bus too? They have enough hot air to power a reactor by themselves.

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