NRC May I? An explanation of the nuclear safety implications of 10 CFR 50.59 and its relevance to St. Lucie Unit 2

This blog post by Dave Lochbaum, director of the Nuclear Safety Project with the Union of Concerned Scientists, originally ran on March 4, 2014 in their All Things Nuclear: Insights on Science and Security blog as part of their ongoing Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit (NEAT) series. Find the original post here. Mr. Lochbaum’s blog is [...]

An Open Letter to Florida Power and Light: St. Lucie Unit 2 Nuclear Reactor

Dear Mr. Silagy, As the President of Florida’s largest utility, with monopoly control over a significant part of the state and over 4 million captive customers, I respectfully ask that you address three important issues regarding Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) St. Lucie Unit 2 nuclear reactor. Why is the steam generator tube damage at [...]

FPL is running an experimental reactor in a weak regulatory environment

SACE High Risk Energy Choices Program Director, Sara Barczak, contributed to this post. Recently across the Southeastern United States, we have witnessed and experienced what happens when cavalier energy companies team up with weak government regulators. From the Dan River Duke coal ash spill in North Carolina to Freedom Industry’s chemical spill to process coal [...]

Is Another Nuclear Reactor in Trouble in Florida?

On March 3, 2014 Florida Power and Light (FPL) will bring the St. Lucie Unit 2 nuclear reactor near Fort Pierce, Florida down to perform a refueling of the radioactive fuel in the reactor’s core. FPL’s goal will be to swap the used, highly radioactive spent fuel rods out and put new fuel rods in [...]

Current Florida PSC like episode of Utilities Gone Wild says former member

This blog and its unique perspective comes courtesy of Nancy Argenziano. She served on the Florida Public Service Commissioner from 2007 – 2010 and in the Florida Legislature as a senator and representative from 1997 – 2007.  The Florida Public Service Commission may be one the most important state agencies that you’ve never heard of. [...]

Duke Energy: This is Not Leadership

Shorter versions of this oped were originally published in North Carolina in the Charlotte Observer on February 10, 2014 (found here) and in Florida in the Tampa Bay Times on February 11, 2014 (found here). When Duke Energy merged with Progress Energy to form the largest utility company in the United States, our organization wondered [...]

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), [...]

Let the Vogtle DOE Loan Guarantee Vanish

This guest post was authored by Kennedy Maize and originally ran as a blog for PowerMag on January 21, 2014. It is being reposted with permission from the author. Find the original post here. Since his post, the Department of Energy extended the loan deadline to the end of this month for Southern Company (and [...]

Fukushima nuclear disaster’s political impacts…not only in Japan

Earlier this month we gave a brief technical update of the ongoing effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster that began nearly three years ago. The situation continues to spiral out of control, as yet another radioactive water leak was discovered since that last update. This time the leaking water had been previously used to cool the melted [...]

Fukushima Still a Disaster and State Secrets Law Passes in Japan

As if there wasn’t enough to be worried about with the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan that began nearly three years ago, there have been a number of false stories and misleading graphics circulating on the internet. At the end of December, there were a flurry of reports that reactor Unit 3 was once again [...]