TVA’s Watts Bar — the last old reactor of the 20th Century

At the end of October, I was able to attend a briefing of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Commissioners on the project status of TVA’s Watts Bar 2, which has been under construction since 1973 and was most recently “revived” in 2007. Amazingly, TVA and the nuclear industry is touting this as the first [...]

What do all nuclear reactors under construction in the U.S. have in common?

Hint: this isn’t a hard question to answer if you look back at the nuclear power industry’s track record. And the answer is? Drum roll please… All five nuclear reactors presently under construction in the U.S. are… delayed and over budget. That’s 100%! Every single one… SCANA now joins other utilities including Tennessee Valley Authority and [...]

Taxpayers in the dark and at risk from Vogtle nuclear loan guarantees

SACE’s High Risk Energy Choices program director, Sara Barczak, contributed to this blog post from Whitney Rappole, 2014 graduate of Emory Law School and former Turner Environmental Law Clinic student. As a student attorney at the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law, I was given the opportunity to join the Clinic in representing [...]

Thirsty Vogtle nuclear reactors would guzzle more water from the Savannah River

Southern Company’s water-hogging Plant Vogtle aims to get even thirstier if the proposed two new nuclear reactors under construction receive approval from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) for a large water withdrawal permit from the already imperiled Savannah River. The state agency is considering a permit request for up to 74 million gallons per [...]

Want to learn more about the Fukushima nuclear disaster? Read this book, come to Atlanta!

Just a month before the third anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan and led to the still-ongoing nuclear disaster at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear complex, a new book is being released documenting the harrowing events. Join Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and our partner, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (Georgia WAND), [...]

Who made Georgia’s Dirty Dozen list? Coal and nuclear plants, that’s who!

Last week Georgia’s leading water protection group, the Georgia Water Coalition, of which Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is an active partner, announced the “Dirty Dozen” for 2013, highlighting 12 of the year’s worst offenses to Georgia’s waters. The annual Dirty Dozen report shines a spotlight on state policies and failures that ultimately harm [...]

What can nuclear power deliver? Not what Pandora’s Promise claims…

You may have noticed a recent media blitz spurred on by nuclear power proponents in advance of CNN’s showing of the documentary film, “Pandora’s Promise,” which airs tonight. Though the film was critically panned and a box office flop, it has managed to provide yet another window for supporters of nuclear power to champion this [...]

FPL wins, Floridians lose and why is FPL still pursuing new nuclear reactors at Turkey Point?

Yesterday the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) staff issued their recommendation in the 2013 nuclear cost recovery clause docket and it unfortunately reflects business-as-usual despite an attempted fix passed earlier this year by the Florida Legislature to the flawed nuclear cost recovery law (Florida’s “nuclear tax”). The big power company, namely FPL, wins to the tune of [...]

What is the news on nukes in Florida?

Over this past week, the news in Florida has been all nuclear, all the time. And another headline for this blog could be, “Another one bites the dust” as the much-touted, so-called “nuclear renaissance” continues to crumble in the state. Just last February, Duke wisely announced that they would not pursue further repairs to the [...]

Nuclear renaissance in Florida crumbles, meets economic reality

This blog was co-authored by SACE staff Sara Barczak and George Cavros. Has the so-called “nuclear renaissance” finally met economic reality? The nuclear industry recently experienced their “worst week” since the Fukushima disaster in Japan. Not only did Duke Energy scrap plans to build new reactors at their Shearon Harris site in North Carolina but [...]