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Press Statement on Georgia Power’s “Very High” Probability It Will Seek Approval for New Nuclear Units: More Nuclear is the Wrong Approach for Georgia’s Energy Needs

The Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement regarding Georgia Power’s “very high” probability it will seek the Public Service Commission’s approval for new nuclear power units in Georgia.

“We don’t need another nuclear boondoggle,” said Kurt Ebersbach, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center. “There are cheaper and less risky options for meeting our State’s energy needs while also reducing its carbon footprint. More nuclear might benefit Southern Company shareholders, but it makes no sense for Georgia Power’s customers.”


Public Outcry Against Proposed Mine Continues to Grow, Mining Company Withdraws Permit Application in Jesup, Georgia


After hundreds of local residents, conservation groups, and elected officials expressed concerns around a proposed mining operation that would cover over 4,000 acres in Wayne County and threaten nearby watersheds, DuPont Titanium Technologies has withdrawn its application for a surface mining permit with the Environmental Protection Division (EPD).


AP1000 Nuclear Reactor Projects Behind Schedule Worldwide

Robert BakerWhile Vogtle Units 3 and 4 are 21 months behind schedule it appears that construction on all the AP1000 units in the U.S. and China are also behind schedule.  It was reported last month that the Sanmen project, the lead project in China, was originally set to start by the end of 2013 has been delayed to the end of 2015 due to safety concerns and problems with some components.  The December 2015 start-up date will extend the construction schedule to six years and nine months for China’s first unit to be completed.  Construction delays have also plagued the two AP1000 units under construction in South Carolina by SCANA Corp.  The Company announced that the original commercial operation date of April 2016 has been moved back to late 2018 or possibly the first half of 2019.


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