Vogtle project is a boon

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Feb. 9, 2012, is a date that will always be special to me because that is the day the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the Construction and Operating License application filed by Southern Co. for construction of two new nuclear power plants at the Vogtle site in Waynesboro.

Any day now we expect to hear a similar announcement relative to SCANA’s application to build two new units at the Virgil C. Summer station in Jenkinsville, S.C. These new plants will provide electricity safely and economically, and will replace or eliminate the need for fossil fuels to generate that power.

These developments will be very positive for the regional economy as thousands of construction workers will be employed as the plants are built. As the plants come online, hundreds of permanent jobs will be created to operate the new facilities. The big winner will be the environment, as these plants have virtually zero carbon emissions compared to the thousands of tons of emissions that are released into the environment if fossil fuels are used to produce an equivalent amount of energy.

We wish Southern Co. and SCANA every success as they blaze a trail not followed in more than 30 years. Let the renaissance begin!

Clint Wolfe

Aiken, S.C.

(The writer is executive director of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness.)

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Techfan
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Techfan 02/18/12 - 06:50 am
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And if it comes in on budget

And if it comes in on budget (a big "if'), it'll only cost $1,426.36 for every man, woman, and child in Georgia.

allhans
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allhans 02/18/12 - 04:55 pm
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That is less than

That is less than Solyndra..hey! maybe more nuclear and less green.))-

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/18/12 - 10:47 am
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Nuclear is green

Nuclear is green

TParty
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TParty 02/18/12 - 12:04 pm
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Will this lower our electric

Will this lower our electric bills? If so- wouldn't that $1,426.36 for every man, woman, and child in Georgia be a good investment, along with the not burning of fossil fuels? I think so.

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harley_52 02/18/12 - 12:58 pm
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bjphysics said "Nuclear is

bjphysics said "Nuclear is green."

Yesterday bjpyisics said 'wind and tidal energy are NOT green.'

I don't know what source you're using for your definitions, but here's one that says wind IS green.

"All forms of this earth-friendly are considered to be renewable forms of energy in the sense that they use sources of power that are renewable and will not exhaust finite supplies of fuel on the planet. Examples of renewable and green energy sources are tidal powers, wave powers, solar power, wind power, geothermal power, and biomass power."

http://www.ifpaenergyconference.com/Green-Energy.html

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burninater 02/18/12 - 03:10 pm
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$1426.36/person. Design life

$1426.36/person. Design life expectancy of 40 years, approximately 10 cents/person/day.

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faithson 02/18/12 - 04:45 pm
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nuclear power is not a

nuclear power is not a 'panacea'. There are many problems with the fuel system that still have to be worked out. As a bridge to cleaner and more efficient methods of energy production, yes. But between personal exposure during maintenance and hold ponds on site, all is not well in 'Maybarry'.

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allhans 02/18/12 - 05:07 pm
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Is this a great country or

Is this a great country or what?

We get a plant that when built will boost local economy, and folks still find fault.
I guess the pot will have to run completely dry before it is realized that people need JOBS!!!

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harley_52 02/18/12 - 05:16 pm
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Allhans said "We get a plant

Allhans said "We get a plant that when built will boost local economy, and folks still find fault. I guess the pot will have to run completely dry before it is realized that people need JOBS!!!"

Or maybe it becomes even more apparent that some people don't really want more jobs, but rather more jobless because joblessness and other sources of misery are the social conditions from whence they derive their political power.

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