“Theater of the Absurd” underway with Georgia’s nuclear power expansion

But one thing is for certain, public commenter Barbara Antonoplos delivered entertaining testimony, accurately welcoming us all to “The Theater of the Absurd.” Read her full comments below or you can listen to her deliver them to the Commissioners by clicking here and listening at 35 minutes into the hearing (feel free to listen from the start to all the public commenters and the full recording of the entire hearing can be found here, in 3 parts). To get involved, please sign this petition demanding regulators protect consumers by holding utilities accountable and conducting a transparent, open and public review of this troubled project. — Sara Barczak, SACE High Risk Energy Choices Program Director

FPL has a “great” nuclear reactor deal for you! Interested?

Hey FPL customers, your monopoly utility claims to have a “great” deal for you! FPL plans to build 2 nuclear reactors, but it won’t commit to actually build them – it won’t even commit to a price tag.

President Trump Threatens America’s Shores

Last week, the Trump Administration pushed its careless agenda to threaten America’s shores with risky offshore drilling despite overwhelming opposition from coastal Republicans and Democrats alike. The announcement came in the form of a “Request for Information,” which kickstarts the process of the Administration offering leases for offshore areas around the country to companies to use for oil and gas development. This move is an affront to the thousands of businesses, 125 local governments, and citizens who have stood up to reject offshore drilling in favor of our coastal economy and quality of life. While the tenant of the White House has changed in the past year, the facts that make offshore drilling a bad deal for the American public have not.

New Analysis Begs The Question: Is Vogtle Project Too Costly To Complete?

In advance of the Thursday, June 29, 2017 hearing on the 16th semi-annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) review before the Georgia Public Service Commission, we wanted to share this timely guest blog. Please attend the hearing if you can and voice your concerns to the Commissioners. If you cannot, please sign this petition demanding consumer [...]

South Carolina Electric Cooperatives Report Stunning $8.9 Billion Already Sunk into Troubled VC Summer Nuclear Reactor Construction Project

After more than 8 years of problem-plagued construction and still far from project completion, $8.9 billion has already been sunk into construction of two new nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer site in South Carolina, according to information just obtained by Friends of the Earth.

Does “SMR” stand for “Squandering More Resources?”

What does the acronym “SMR” stand for? If you’re talking about plans for TVA’s Clinch River Site near Kingston, Tennessee there may be multiple answers. TVA and nuclear industry proponents would say you’re referring to a plan to possibly build up to 800 megawatts of new nuclear power technology known as Small Modular Reactors. But for those of us concerned with yet another untested, risky nuclear scheme, it stands for “Squandering More Resources” or “Squandering Money and Resources” on something that is clearly not needed, which TVA itself recently stated.

100+ Members of Congress Sign Letter: “No Drilling off Our Coast”

Yesterday, Congressman Mark Sanford co-led a bipartisan sign on letter of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives, asking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to uphold recently made guidelines, barring offshore drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. 109 Members of Congress co-signed the letter, indicating faith that the recently completed plan, covering the years of 2017-2022, was carried out with diligence and reflects the will of Atlantic and Pacific coast residents. We wish to thank Congressman Sanford and the many Members of Congress from our region who signed onto the letter.

Pruitt EPA Should Deny New Utility Move to Weaken Federal Coal Ash Rule

Like last month’s stay on the water discharge rule, a potential stay on the Coal Ash Rule extends unconscionable risk for the people who live near coal ash pits, which can rupture or leak toxics into drinking water, while pandering to corporate utilities that have gotten away with dangerous waste handling for decades.

Not one more cent! Georgia Power customers irate over Vogtle nuclear mess

Last Thursday the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) held the first hearing in the 16th semi-annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) review, so that Georgia Power could ask for approval for $222 million in expenditures spent during the July 1 to December 31, 2016 period for their two delayed, over budget Toshiba-Westinghouse AP1000 reactors under construction [...]

Pruitt EPA’s Water Pollution Delay Extends Uncertainty for Southeast Coal Plants

Since 1982, little has changed about the toxic pollution coal-fired power plants are allowed to dump in water, although change was on its way. Unfortunately, if EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has his way, our waterways and our health will remain threatened by our nation’s leading source of toxic water pollution – coal fired power plants. We will have to keep on waiting for modern, updated protections and coal plant operators face continued uncertainty over their compliance obligations – uncertainty that may actually accelerate coal’s decline. In early May, Environmental groups challenged the legality Administrator Pruitt’s stay.

In the Southeast, many power plants’ operators were already preparing to meet new 2015 standards, which would go into effect in 2018, updating pollution control technology at their plants and working with state agencies to update state water discharge permits. The 2015 Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELGs), which represents the first update to these regulations since 1982, nearly eliminates dumping of ash-contaminated wastewater, and for the first time, limits the discharge of toxic heavy metals that come from removing toxics from the air pollution stream and trapping them in sludge as part of the wastewater stream.