A second U.S. nuclear power construction project is expected to receive a license within weeks, but a new document shows that the majority owner and contractors are arguing over who should pay the extra costs of at least 11 changes totaling over $380 million for two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors.
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With more than 15 times the Solyndra loan guarantee on the line, U.S. taxpayers being kept in the dark about huge Vogtle risks; nine groups cite NRC law violation in going to court to block Vogtle licensing.
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US groups file suit to block new Southern Vogtle reactors – Reuters
Groups sue to stop Vogtle expansion project – Atlanta Journal Constitution
Motion to stop Vogtle construction – with Dr. Makhijani’s analysis
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the nation’s first nuclear power plant in a generation on Thursday, clearing the way for Atlanta-based Southern Co. to build two reactors at its Plant Vogtle site near Augusta.
9 Groups Contend That NRC Is Failing to Fully Consider Fukushima Lessons Before Issuing a Final License to Construct and Operate Two New Nuclear Reactors
Federal regulators on Thursday signed off on a next-generation nuclear reactor slated for Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point plant and five other utilities in the Southeast, paving the way for construction of the first new reactors in the U.S. in three decades.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission unanimously approved a radical new reactor design on Thursday, clearing away a major obstacle for two utilities to begin construction on projects in South Carolina and Georgia.
In pushing toward design approval and licensing, captive regulators promote industry instead of taxpayers, ratepayers and public safety.
Toshiba Corp.’s Westinghouse Electric won majority support for the design of its AP1000 reactor from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, even as the members were feuding publicly over the panel’s leadership.
Electric customers beware – construction problems mount even before design approval and licensing.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is preparing to approve the design of a new type of nuclear reactor planned for sites across the South without first incorporating the lessons of Fukushima — instead sticking the region’s ratepayers with any bills to correct safety problems revealed by the ongoing analysis of the Japanese disaster.