Argument over new proposed costs of reactors at Plant Vogtle

JoAnn Merrigan, WSAV News 3 Reporter

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It may be a fight to the finish in terms of an agreement on proposed costs for two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. Recently, the Georgia Public Service Commission held a hearing regarding an agreement proposed by its own staff and Georgia Power to increase the “official” costs of the two reactors by up to $2 Billion. Members of the Public Service Commission (PSC) are set to make a decision December 20.The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is objecting and says it not a good deal for customers. The organization made that argument at the recent public hearing in Atlanta and has now filed official objections to the proposal with the PSC and is urging consumers to object to the commission as well.

Sara Barczak with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy told us last month the project is more than three years behind schedule and now approaching a 45 month delay.  She says the PSC staff agreement with Georgia Power means customers who have been paying millions of dollars in interest (on finance charges for the construction loan) will continue to pay. “Customers have been paying these charges for six years now. And it seems you will be paying more over a longer period of time and that doesn’t sound like a win-win for customers in our opinion,” said Barczak.  SACE said in a recent statement that the proposed agreement seems to be a case a case of regulatory amnesia.

A Georgia Power spokesman Jacob Hawkins told us “the settlement agreement under consideration fairly balances the company’s contribution with customer benefits and delivers approximately $325 million dollars in savings to customers during the construction period while keeping the project’s overall rate impact to customers at 6 to 8 percent.”

For additional information filed by Georgia Power along with other material being considered by the PSC click http://www.psc.state.ga.us/factsv2/Docket.aspx?docketNumber=29849

Argument over new proposed costs of reactors at Plant Vogtle

It may be a fight to the finish in terms of an agreement on proposed costs for two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. Recently, the Georgia Public Service Commission held a hearing regarding an agreement proposed by its own staff and Georgia Power to increase the “official” costs of the two reactors by up to $2 Billion. Members of the Public Service Commission (PSC) are set to make a decision December 20.The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is objecting and says it not a good deal for customers. The organization made that argument at the recent public hearing in Atlanta and has now filed official objections to the proposal with the PSC and is urging consumers to object to the commission as well.

Sara Barczak with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy told us last month the project is more than three years behind schedule and now approaching a 45 month delay.  She says the PSC staff agreement with Georgia Power means customers who have been paying millions of dollars in interest (on finance charges for the construction loan) will continue to pay. “Customers have been paying these charges for six years now. And it seems you will be paying more over a longer period of time and that doesn’t sound like a win-win for customers in our opinion,” said Barczak.  SACE said in a recent statement that the proposed agreement seems to be a case a case of regulatory amnesia.

A Georgia Power spokesman Jacob Hawkins told us “the settlement agreement under consideration fairly balances the company’s contribution with customer benefits and delivers approximately $325 million dollars in savings to customers during the construction period while keeping the project’s overall rate impact to customers at 6 to 8 percent.”

For additional information filed by Georgia Power along with other material being considered by the PSC click here

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Hillary Clinton signed a pact… saying she agreed there are no problems with Japanese food… So we are not sampling this material as it comes into the country, because our government has made a decision to downplay it.

Emergency radiation testing used at Democrat and Republican conventions after Fukushima; Also for Obama Inauguration — Seafood, meat, vegetables, milk, water checked for nuclear waste, while top officials agree to publicly downplay crisis — 80% of milk samples by Orlando, FL had ‘significant’ Cs-137
Published: November 5th, 2014 at 3:00 pm ET
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New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, Aug. 2012 (emphasis added): The Wadsworth Center, which has already tested milk samples in preparation for the upcoming national political conventions, has now been asked to test additional samples of other foods from the sites during the conventions. In August and September, during the conventions… labs will test water, lettuce, orange juice and shrimp for radiological contamination. The labs will also be testing for… radiation in various meat products… These surveillance activities are part of the Food Emergency Response Network‘s (FERN) ongoing preparations for the Republican Convention… and the Democratic Convention… The labs will be testing for… iodine-131 [Half life = 8 days], cesium-137 and other… sources of radiation. Should any contaminants be identified… laboratories across the nation could be called on to test large quantities of samples… Wadsworth’s initial role in the role in the political convention preparation exercises was to measure evidence of radioactive isotopes Iodine-131 and Cesium-137 in milk prior to the conventions.

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NY Dept. of Health & Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences, Apr 30, 2014: New York State is located over 10,000 km from [Fukushima]… Yet even at this distance, our laboratory easily identified 131I and 134, 137Cs [and] was among the laboratories which received an assignment to protect food during the Democratic and Republican political conventions in the U.S. in 2012… the laboratory tested 20 milk samples from Florida. Phase II consisted of radiological food testing at the Republican National Convention held in Tampa… as well as the Democratic National Convention… [We] tested 33 samples of lettuce and meat… In addition, the laboratory was involved in radiological testing of food for the Presidential Inauguration in January, 2013… for fission products of interest: 103,106Ru, 131I, and 134,137Cs… 137Cs [was detected] in 9 out of 20 milk samples from Florida… These levels… do not pose any significant health hazard… The contribution from 137Cs in Florida milk is significant… The presence of cesium in Florida milk was found to be a remnant from nuclear fallout following atmospheric testing [Note that Florida had the highest level of radioactive material from Fukushima measured anywhere in world outside Japan].

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen interview by SolarIMG: I know someone very highly placed in the State Dept., and the US government has come up with a decision… at the highest levels… to downplay Fukushima… Hillary Clinton signed a pact… saying she agreed there are no problems with Japanese food… So we are not sampling this material as it comes into the country, because our government has made a decision to downplay it.

See also: Forbes: Biophysicist casts critical light on gov’t assurances that Americans were never at risk from Fukushima fallout — I watched officials attempt to minimize public alarm

Published: November 5th, 2014 at 3:00 pm ET
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ENENEWS: BOONE DAM STABILITY ISSUES

Sinkhole develops under dam in US — 7 nuclear reactors downstream — Water now seeping out — Gov’t notified of ‘stability issues’, plants begin evaluating potential flood impacts — Official: An ‘uncommon’ occurrence, we’re monitoring it continuously and working around clock — Structure same height as Niagra Falls (PHOTOS)
Published: October 31st, 2014 at 8:29 pm ET
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Johnson City Press, Oct. 30, 2014 (emphasis added): Oct. 20 inspection of [Tennessee’s Boone] dam revealed a sink hole… Six days later, an uncommon occurrence happened when seepage was found near the location of the sink hole at the base of the dam…

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NRC, Oct. 30, 2014: … BOONE DAM STABILITY ISSUES… “TVA conducted a briefing for government officials… after discovery of a sink hole near the base… water and sediment [has been] found seeping from the river below the dam. TVA is continuously monitoring the dam… The dam is located upstream of all three TVA nuclear sites… The NRC Senior Resident Inspector was notified. The licensee is evaluating this event for potential impact on the design basis flooding level.”

Times Free Press, Oct. 30, 2014: Tennessee Valley Authority engineers [will] search for the source of water seepage… Water and sediment were found Sunday seeping from the river bank below the dam.

TVA, Oct. 30, 2014: A sink hole was discovered near the base… water and sediment was found seeping from the river bank below the dam…

 

 

John McCormick, VP at TVA: [We’re] exercising an abundance of caution… Unless it’s a huge storm, we can do what we need… we are continuously monitoring the dam… engineers want to be sure we understand what caused the sink hole and where the water and sediment is coming from.

WCYB, Oct. 30, 2014: [A] sinkhole and seepage of clay particulates into the water at Boone dam… [is near] the bottom of structure on the river side of the dam… TVA employees are working around the clock to find the cause of the sinkhole and the source of the seepage. “The seepage into the waterway is not a common occurrence,” said McCormick… they do not have a definite timetable for finding the source of the seepage…

Boone Dam is just over the border from Virginia, where a powerful M5.9 quake struck in 2011 — Times Free Press: TVA inspects dams, nuclear plants after earthquake [and] is in the process of performing visual walk downs and inspections at… Boone

USGS: [Quakes] in the eastern U.S. can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought [and] damaging effects can extend over a much larger area… the farthest landslide from the 2011 Virginia earthquake was 245 km from the epicenter. This is by far the greatest landslide distance recorded from any other earthquake of similar magnitude… [This quake] occurred in an area 20 times larger than expected [and] landslide distances… are remarkable… [it’s] the largest distance limit ever recorded…

See also: NRC Engineers Charge Gov’t Coverup — Reactor melt down an “absolute certainty” if dam fails — 100s of times more likely than tsunami that hit Fukushima

Published: October 31st, 2014 at 8:29 pm ET
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One More Time, For Those Not Listening! If Someone Does Not Do Something, Fukushima, Will Kill Us All!

Report: Worry over nuclear fuel hitting aquifer under Fukushima plant after melting through concrete — TV: Raging meltdown going on even as we speak… they still don’t have control of 3 melted cores (VIDEO)

Published: September 13th, 2014 at 6:51 pm ET
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Nuclear Safety In The Age Of Chernobyl And Fukushima, website of Ulrich H. Kurzweg, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida, December 10, 2013 (emphasis added): The recent nuclear accident at Fukushima in Japan has focused the world’s attention on the safety of nuclear power… The worry at Fukushima at the moment is… some of the cores melting through their concrete supports to come in contact with the aquifer… The accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima are indicating that we can expect such accidents to occur once every few decades or so and this will continue unless one comes up with safer reactor designs.

Professor Michio Kaku (Ph.D. in nuclear physics from UC Berkeley and protégé of Edward Teller the ‘father of the H-bomb’), Library of Congress Science Pavilion of the 2014 National Book Festival, CSPAN, August 30, 2014 (at 27:00 in): At Fukushima in Japan we have a raging nuclear meltdown, three of them — simultaneously — going on even as we speak. Even as we speak, they still have not yet gotten control of three melted cores.

See also: Nuclear Expert: We believe molten fuel already melted through floors of Fukushima reactor buildings, or is still in process of melting through (AUDIO)

And: Scientist: Fukushima nuclear fuel “still melting down… there’s melting happening in the cores” (VIDEO)

Watch Kaku’s presentation here

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