I’ll pre-face this posting by saying that I’m by no means and expert on Nuclear Power. I’ve always heard the term but never really looked into it. Recently, I became curious and found a site w/a bunch of information specific to GA. I thought some of you would be interested…
ARGUMENTS AGAINST EXPANSION OF NUCLEAR POWER IN GA:
1. The Savannah River basin is already suffering; building more nuclear reactors will only make this situation worse.
2. Since the Early Site Permit (ESP) process allows a company to potentially ‘bank’ a site for up to 40 years (the 20 year ESP could get a 20 year extension), the NRC should have to look not only at Georgia ‘today,’ but the Georgia we are likely to live in 40 years from now.
3. Water Use & Supply: -Vogtle’s 2 existing reactors require huge amounts of water with only 1/3 of what was withdrawn being returned to the Savannah River [~64 million gallons per day (mgd) withdrawal with consumption of ~43 mgd]. That’s more water than many towns and cities in Georgia use!
4. Doubling the number of reactors on site will only make this worse. This excess use of water threatens municipalities, industries, agriculture, recreation, and aquatic species.
5. If there is an extended drought—even a drought 20 or 40 years from now, severe consequences could occur within the Savannah River basin.
6. The water discharged from nuclear Plant Vogtle is already hotter than what is withdrawn; more reactors will only make this situation worse.
7. Temperature changes negatively affect the fish, plant, and animal life that depend on the river. The water intake systems at nuclear power plants can kill fish and fish larvae, among other organisms; having more reactors on site will only make this worse.
8. High-level radioactive waste created (used nuclear fuel) has no place to be stored or disposed, nor is it likely that a ‘solution’ will be found in our lifetimes; building more nuclear reactors will only make this situation worse.
9. Existing and future projected waste will remain onsite at Plant Vogtle for generations and generations, threatening indefinitely the health of nearby communities and the environment. Yet the NRC in previous cases has refused to even address or consider this very important issue!
10. Security Nuclear plants are vulnerable to terrorist attack and sabotage; building more nuclear reactors will only make this situation worse by providing more targets.
11. Plant Vogtle is also very close to the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, which stores a large portion of the nation’s weapons grade plutonium and other dangerous materials. If an accident or successful terrorist attack occurred, the full impacts to human health and the environment in this region would be immense.
12. A 1982 Congressional report estimated that if a meltdown occurred at just one of Vogtle’s reactors it could cause 39,000 peak* early injuries, 4000 peak cancer deaths, and 200 peak early fatalities with costs over $60 billion; building more reactors will only worsen these terrible impacts and put more people’s lives and health at risk.
(*Peak means highest calculated value from the study – it does not necessarily mean worst case.)
13. We must produce electricity through less dangerous energy supplies such as energy efficiency & conservation, solar, wind, and biopower.
For more information on nuclear power, please visit Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. For the NRC’s information on the Vogtle application process, see this page. For More information on Nuclear Energy basics: Five Myths About Nuclear Energy. To see all news articles posted by Atlanta WAND click here. Together we can make a difference and let our government know that nuclear power is NOT a viable option. Take Action Now