What the clueless person above doesn't realize or understand is that, while he moans and groans - what are the other alternatives? Right now the TVA nuclear plants make power for $6 - $10 a Mw/hr and TVA is paying almost $60 a Mw/hr for wind power, just so they can say they have it. You can't run industrial customers with solar panels on roofs. What would it cost to maintenance 1,000,000 houses with solar panels on top? And how are the poor going to afford the $20,000 to put in a solar panel system? The truth is that nuclear power is keeping everyone's bills a lot lower than they otherwise would be. If we didn't have the nukes, the power bills would literally double. I'm sure those just barely making it would really appreciate that. As usual, Mr. Anitcorp is beating his chest about his one issue with no thought about the broader implications of his poorly considered opinions.
Wow - Can we get a net for GarryMorgan? Holy crap, I bet the ghost of Elvis told him to say all that before he hid all the secrets about UFOs.
So - lets shed some facts on this. What has TVA done really? They've agreed to work with the manufacture to pursue licensing of a potential reactor design. This means they are going to spend small time dollars working with the vendor and the NRC to start the process of licensing. They did the same things for the APG 1000s for Bellefonte 3 & 4. They didn't build it. They'll see how it goes, how the detailed plans and costs come out before committing real dollars to it. Businesses do this all the time - I think it is called "R&D" isn't it.
Why build more nuclear power? With the clean air controls for coal, its becoming very expensive to burn coal, particularly on those old 1940s-50s units. TVA built a lot of natural gas, which is pretty clean and not a bad source of power, but it has financial risk. 4 years ago, natural gas was 4 times as expensive as it is today. If TVA doesn't have more options, then every rate payer in the Valley is at huge cost risk if natural gas goes back to its old price.
Once built, nuclear power is a very cheap and reliable power source. Every TVA nuclear plant has paid for itself several times over. They keep power rates down not just for the people of the valley, but for the industries of the valley - and more importantly, for those looking to place jobs in the valley. While Michigan needs a miracle for their state because of the down turn in the car industry, TVA has been a critical partner in bringing Volkswagen, Nissan, Saturn, Toyota, NUCOR and others, which have brought good jobs to the valley.
TVA has the responsibility to balance the needs of the envionment, the needs of the river, the needs of the valley economy and most importantly - and over all - the many needs of the people of the valley. They have a lot to balance and they do it by looking at a lot of facts and data and staying grounded in reality. If you really care about energy policy, I encourage you to learn about power generation, conservation, alternative power, about the strength and weaknesses of the options, then look and judge TVA.
This seems to fail a common sense test. The ash has been piling up at Kingston for 50 years. It is outside, it has been rained on, blown, etc... FOR 50 YEARS. Until now, the drinking water has been just fine. Now that there was an ash slide, suddenly the ash is going to cause drinking water problems? I know the paper likes to call it "TOXIC WASTE" because it sell more newspapers, but how is this ash different from the ash in your fire place or in your BBQ grill or the ash left on the ground after a huge forrest fire.
Does anybody have any facts or this all just reactionary chicken little stuff?
What a poorly named article. "Weapons Grade Material" is a term that is usually used when referring to Uranium or Plutonium. Tritium has uses other than just in fussion war heads, it is used in making "Stop" signs, biochemical research, ground water transport experiments and other uses.
Also, how could this journalist write this without ever noting how critical TVA was during the manhattan project and afterwards. How TVA was a key power provider to many war time industries during and after World War 2. There was key work done in Muscle Shoals for munitions. The fact is that TVA is part of the government and has a long history of PROUDLY supporting our country. Why is this any different?
The overly dramatic and technically incorrect title as well as the omissions of the history seem to imply that the author is more interested in his own political views on the subject than to provide factual information to the readers.
Of course, if TVA got $139 Million dollars from the military for the last 10 years, that is $139 million dollars that rate payers didn't have to fund, which means we all had lower rates. Lower rates are good for us, good for bringing business and jobs to the valley.
Maybe you should stop with the "Republican" and "Democrat" labels and start thinking for yourself. The health care issue is much more complex than your political-partisan attack. This is about the PEOPLE, not the PARTIES.
Health care costs are already high - partly because of absurdly large tort awards - which drive medical insurance. Are we fixing that? No, those lawyers are political allies of those in power.
Insurance Companies are paying for medical bills that are sky rocketing and biggest part of that is because of the under payment of the existing government run system of "medicare/medicade".
Drug companies are over charging everyone - but both sides are taking their money and giving them longer times before generics are available.
There are a lot of issues around healthcare. Reform is needed at several levels, which we are still not doing.
I still don't understand how we will pay for this - or, to the point - how we won't pay for this and put it off on future generations. ...some day all these "loans" (that is what deficit spending is - getting loans) are going to come due.
This country is spending like a drunk sailor - on both sides of the isle, and I don't know when we are going to get some discipline. Someday - it will all come home to roost. I do fear that day...
What is the source for the comment that the EPA says this is the worst ever? I have searched for it and can't find it.
Are the land owners asking fair prices (pre spill prices) + some for their trouble, or are they trying to ask more a LOT more? If TVA bought 150 pieces of property already - why would they leave these people out? ...did you ask TVA?
Are there any independant sources that say it is safe? You seem to imply that TVA and EPA are lying...
The music, the tone, the shot selection - is this journalism or editorial?
Lets sue TVA, they'll raise rates, which is the flattest tax of all, so we'll let the poor pay for it or freeze to death. Great plan! My problem with the environmental people is that they don't care what thier solution costs or who might be hurt by it. They are as narrow visioned and thoughtless as the corporate executives they complain about. These same guys that are demanding clean power are the same guys that protest when you try to put up wind turbines.
How about we just clean up the spill and work towards affordable clean power and not rip money from the hands of the poor to pay millions to lawyers for nothing.
If I had 7 Billion dollars in a TV, I would watch it for a while before I went out and bought a new one.
Bellefonte can produce power for 1/4 the cost of what fossil and gas generated power would cost. It can run 18 to 24 months at full power without refueling. And it can produce 2,600 megawatts (6 times what all of Chattanooga needs) while only the newest wind generators can generate over 1 megawatt - and solar is still talking kilowatts.
The price of natural gas was 4 times higher 18 months ago than it is now. That kind of power prices itself in and out of the market depending on the price of natural gas. This guy would like a long term contract which would make TVA rate payers take the risk if prices of natural gas rise. It was a bad plant 18 months ago, it is good today... it could be very expensive again in 18 months. This guy's plant isn't just some "wonderful option" that TVA is overlooking. It could be a money-pit for rate payers.
We are much better off with Bellefonte and cheap nuclear power. Until alternative fuels are cost effective, competitive, can produce in the 100-1000 Mw range, all they do is raise the cost of cooling and heating for poor families that can't insulate their homes or afford high efficiency units.
Zero emission cheap power that has served us well for 40+ years. Lower bills and bringing in more jobs like VW, Toyota, Nissan, Honda. I'm for more of that...