Groups File Suit To Block Georgia Nuclear Plant

Environmental and watchdog groups are suing to block construction of two nuclear reactors in eastern Georgia that would be the nation's first built-from-scratch nuclear power plant in a generation.

The groups say the plant should be blocked until federal regulators approve safety changes prompted by last year's nuclear disaster in Japan.

Twelve groups, including the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, say they plan to file suit Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 last week to issue a permit to Atlanta-based Southern Co. to build and operate two new reactors at its Plant Vogtle site south of Augusta.

The NRC last approved construction of a nuclear plant in 1978.


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  • by Melivn Location: Jacksonville on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM
    This groups need to be informed that the nuclear reactors in Japan were built many years ago and are of a totally different design. The Japanese were planning to shut down these reactors due to their age. Nuclear reactor design today is altogether different and much, much safer. So by these groups comparing the Georgia reactor to the Japanese ones is totally wrong.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Feb 17, 2012 at 07:38 AM
    So the NRC approves this reactor since it incorporated the features it needed to prove it could not duplicate the failures in Japan....Did someone not tell this libterd group about the Westinghouse Web site for the AP1000? Are their fingers broke? Nope, this is not about safe nuclear energy, its about, environmental whakos period. This is a posturing and delay mechanism to run up costs on the project, hey, its what libterds do, complain, scream, protest, sue....but no solutions, never do. This is the web site so you can make up your own mind instead of having these idiots to it for you; http://ap1000.westinghousenuclear.com/index.html
  • by small business on Feb 16, 2012 at 05:37 PM
    Can't burn oil. Can't burn coal. Can't burn uranium. Just sit back and breathe Mexican and Chinese smoke. The wonders of the enviro-Luddite leisure class.
  • by Hatteras on Feb 16, 2012 at 02:32 PM
    Sounds like the same idiots that has closed the beachs on the OBX, not just for vehicles but for people walking and fishing on it also.
  • by Col. Colt Location: ENC on Feb 16, 2012 at 02:31 PM
    MY,MY,MY. You cant be against evert thing and expect every thin return!
  • by buckofama on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:27 PM
    It is clear that democraps dont care about jobs so we normal people need to forget these idiots that are hendering up progress and build the dang things and be done with it.I gaurantee you that these rich democrap enviros are using a hell of alot more electricity than the average joe.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:26 PM
    That'll show um' guys! Way to fight the good fight and keep us relying on that oil from the middle-east. God forbid we use a technology that has been proved safe time and time again instead of relying on a antiquated technology that harms the enviornment more every day an a nuclear power plant will do in it's entire lifetime. In this sue happy country I really wish you could sue somebody for being stupid and holding up progress because of draconian and irresponsible beliefs.
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      by small business on Feb 16, 2012 at 05:16 PM in reply to
      You can. You have to sue the attorney for filing a "frivolous lawsuit". The trouble with that is you have to be an attorney.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:36 PM in reply to small business
        The other problem is that the frivolous lawsuit suit becomes another frivolous suit.
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      by wow on Feb 17, 2012 at 02:09 AM in reply to
      maybe they can build it on a fault line like they did here in NC. Sit back and relax it is totally safe.
  • by m on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM
    Here we go again, the few try to speak for the many. What a waste of resources, there are people in dire need of attention right here in the US. But these enviro type are trying to impose their will on advancement. It's just sad....
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      by Mr. America on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:02 PM in reply to m
      This has nothing to do with the environment,this is the Democratic party trying to strangle America.Wake up America,and let your voice be heard in November!!!
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:12 PM in reply to m
      I already saw the story and thought they were coming. Someday, someone, other than me will realize that the reason our energy prices are through the roof is that our government, and their hired Anti Nuke groups that are run by progressive liberals, have shot this countries goal of being energy independent. They have killed 4 coal fired generators already with regulations and protests, now this. So, let me get this right, we have to buy our oil from other countries even if we have it in our own country, we cannot even build a pipeline that produce domestic oil from Canada, We cannot drill in the gulf or off shore, not even for natural gas, solar companies are going bankrupt, people are protesting windmills.....so the answer is, just don't use any? Yet why do these hypocrits that drive to using gas, fly to using aircraft fuel, sit at home using electricity, using heat and air, waiting for the opportunity to go against anything that would make America makes its own power? There answer is and has been like Solyndra; Energy Conversion Devices (ECD), based in Auburn Hills, MI, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and intends to sell its assets, including its main subsidiary United Solar Ovonic (Uni-Solar).
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        by voter on Feb 16, 2012 at 04:44 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        also noteworthy; the unused coal is being sold to,,,,CHINA!, who, could care less about pollution. progressives; move your demonstrations to china, straighten them out next.
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        by and... on Feb 17, 2012 at 02:12 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        I'm voting for newt, we can build the newt nuke plant on the moon.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 17, 2012 at 07:25 AM in reply to and...
          As long as you operate the control room and load the fuel rods....
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      by these posters are nuts!! on Feb 16, 2012 at 03:56 PM in reply to m
      "The groups say the plant should be blocked until federal regulators approve SAFETY CHANGES prompted by last year's nuclear disaster in JAPAN. They did not say don't build the facility.....only make it safe. Have you Idiots forgot what happened in Japan???
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        by small business on Feb 16, 2012 at 05:34 PM in reply to these posters are nuts!!
        What do you think happened in Japan? I'm cognizant of how well the Japanese responded, much better than Ray Nagin did in New Orleans. Safe? You're safe prior to conception and after your funeral.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:34 PM in reply to these posters are nuts!!
        Uh huh... and just how long do you think they will tie it up, waiting for that approval? You do know what red tape is, right?
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 17, 2012 at 07:29 AM in reply to these posters are nuts!!
        Were you aware that the new reactor design is not like the ones in China? Did you know this info is already available on the internet? You defending this group just affirms how out of touch you are with the situtation. The group wants to delay it period. That is their purpose, run the project cost up with lawsuits and stop works to bankrupt it. Its was they did 28 years ago, its what they are doing now.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 07:39 AM in reply to these posters are nuts!!
        Yeah, we really need to account for a major earthquake and a huge tsunami in Georgia. It's ok though, they're going to happen on 12-23-12 so the plants won't be built yet.
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