Category Archives: nuclear power

HB 931 Seeks End to Ratepayer Subsidy of Nuclear Construction in Georgia


(APN) ATLANTA — A pro-consumer bill, HB 931, co-sponsored by State Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale), calls for an end to the Nuclear Construction Cost Recovery (NCCR) surcharge on Georgia Power electric bills after March 2017.   NCCR is a statewide surcharge that all Georgia Power residential and small business electricity customers pay every month.   It is about eight percent […]

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Georgia Power Mum on Claim that Nuclear Expansion Unneeded

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Photograph by Glenn Carroll.  With additional reporting by Atlanta Progressive News.   (APN) ATLANTA — Nuclear Watch South (NWS) used Georgia Power’s own data to show that Georgia Power’s energy capacity is overbuilt and that Vogtle 3 and 4 are not needed, at a June 23, 2015 Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) hearing.   The hearing was for the 12th […]

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Savannah River Pilgrimage Highlights Corporate Pollution (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) TYBEE ISLAND, Georgia — The “Source to Sea” Savannah River Pilgrimage started on March 08, 2015, at Whiteside Mountain, North Carolina, and ended April 11, 2015, 439 miles later on the bank of Tybee Island.   The purpose of the pilgrimage was to raise awareness of environmental damage to the ecosystem from pollutants that flow into the river from […]

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Plant Vogtle to be Delayed by 18 More Months, as Taxpayers Pay the Bills

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(APN) ATLANTA — In the latest filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday, January 29, 2015, Westinghouse Electric and the other contractors building Units 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle revealed that they will be delayed another eighteen months, pushing back reactor starts for Vogtle Unit 3 to 2019 and for Unit 4 to 2020.   […]

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Atlantans Spoke Out at EPA Hearing in Favor of Carbon Emissions Limits

(APN) ATLANTA — The numbers are in.  Atlanta along with Washington, DC, boasted the highest attendance of four national hearings hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in July 2014 to solicit public comments on the historic proposed Clean Power Plan designed to cut carbon emissions.     309 people testified at the Atlanta hearing held at the Omni […]

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Former State Rep. Yasmin Neal Candidate Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA — Former State Rep. Yasmin Neal (D-Jonesboro), who represented District 75 from 2011 to 2012, is currently running for State House District 74, a seat currently held by State Rep. Valencia Stovall (D-Ellenwood).     Rep. Neal lost the District 75 seat in the 2012 election to erstwhile former State Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Jonesboro), who had previously served […]

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Rep. Bell, Erica Long Responses to HD58 Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of Georgia’s 2014 Primary Elections, Atlanta Progressive News submitted candidate questionnaires to State Rep. Simone Bell (D-Atlanta) and Erica Long, who are each seeking the Democratic nomination for State House District 58. In an interesting twist, Erica Long is the wife of former State Rep. Ralph Long (D-Atlanta), who previously held the seat. […]

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Advocates, Ratepayers Oppose Paying for Vogtle’s Cost Overruns (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — On July 18, 2013 the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) held the first of two scheduled hearings on Georgia Power’s request to pass 381 million dollars in cost overruns, in connection with the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, onto ratepayers, in the form of higher electricity bills.       Georgia Power had […]

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(IPS) Waste Issue Halts U.S. Nuclear Reactor Licensing

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press website at: ATLANTA, Georgia, Aug 9 2012 (IPS) – The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which oversees commercial nuclear power enterprises, has halted the issuance of all new nuclear reactor licensing decisions after a court ruling citing the failure of industry and government to identify an acceptable solution for the long-term storage of […]

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(IPS) US Agency Gave Nuclear Industry a Sweet Deal, Documents Reveal

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: ATLANTA, Georgia, Jun 30 2012 (IPS) – The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) recently won a two-year legal battle to secure documents from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Freedom of Information Act related to nuclear power loan guarantees offered to utility companies under the Barack Obama […]

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(IPS) Legal Challenges Counter Plans for New Nuclear Reactors

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: ATLANTA, Georgia, April 24, 2012 (IPS) – Until this past February, the last time new nuclear power construction was approved in the United States was in 1978. But when the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved two proposed nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta, Georgia, on February 9 […]

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Shell Bluff Residents Speak Out on Nuclear Reactors

  (APN) SHELL BLUFF, GEORGIA — On January 07, 2012, a bus carrying members of Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (GA WAND), Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, Nuclear Watch South, Grandmothers for Peace, and other concerned citizens arrived in Shell Bluff, Georgia, for a community meeting at Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church, to discuss Georgia Power’s plans for two […]

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AP1000 Design for New Vogtle Reactors a Problem for Georgia Power

  (APN) ATLANTA – The AP1000 Oversight Group, the North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN), and Friends of the Earth filed a petition November 10, 2011, to require the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to resolve design issues on the Westinghouse-Toshiba AP 1000 prior to certification. Proposed new reactors for two sites in the US South rely […]

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Caldicott Discusses Nuclear Power’s Health Effects during Atlanta Visit

  (APN) ATLANTA — On October 02, 2011, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) hosted the world’s leading anti-nuclear activist, Dr. Helen Caldicott, at the 7 Stages theatre in Atlanta’s Little Five Points community.</p> Caldicott founded the Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND) in the US in 1980, which later changed its name to focus on nuclear power. She […]

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