published Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Anti-nuke groups challenge Bellefonte permit

Three anti-nuclear groups said today they have filed a legal challenge to the reinstatement of a construction permit for the Bellefonte Nuclear Power plant.

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, the Bellefonte Efficiency and Sustainability Team and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission failed to follow its own guidelines in restoring a construction permit for units 1 and 2 at the Bellefonte plant in Hollywood, Ala.

Sandra Kurtz, a Chattanooga environmental leader and a member of the Bellefonte Efficiency and Sustainability Team, said the NRC “got the cart before the horse” in reinstating the construction permit before verifying the condition of the plant.

“Contrary to their own procedural requirements, they’re handing out construction permits for reactors on a 40-year-old gutted plant site before new reactor designs have been approved and before environmental impacts have been determined,” she said.

The NRC voted 3-1 in March to reinstate a construction permit for Bellefonte. But the permit was granted only for a “terminated” plant and must be upgraded before construction could be resumed.

The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will decide whether to conduct a hearing on the objections filed to the NRC decision.

TVA is considering finishing the original reactors at Bellefonte, as well as building new Westinghouse AP-1000 reactors at the site.

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jhv1 said...

I love these made up group names that, in light of the made up names, they try to convey to the public that they are truley something of an environmental, congressional, or a bonefide group. Truth is, most are radical, anti american, anti technology, anti industry groups and nothing more than a bowel movement on a plate. They tout nothing more than lies and scare tactics to the general public who have no idea what it takes to design, build and operate a nuclear plant. Most of these angry, constipated, know nothings will tell the pubic anything to get them to fall in with their close to cultist ways and views.

May 15, 2009 at 7:10 a.m.
KWVeteran said...

jhv1: You stated your comments beautifully and accurately. I would add that the groups' ONLY purpose is to stop progress for their own selfish crackpot views.

May 15, 2009 at 8:07 a.m.
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