Ga. presses EPA to reconsider new nuclear in Clean Power Plan
Georgia is at risk for not meeting interim carbon-reduction targets proposed by U.S. EPA because of additional delays at Georgia Power's nuclear expansion project, according to state environmental officials.
In a letter, the officials again press EPA to credit the state for building two reactors at Plant Vogtle in southeast Georgia. The agency instead has included the emission-free reactors in setting the state's carbon goals.
Enviros want TVA reactor's license withheld until disaster review complete
An environmental advocacy group continues to argue that the Tennessee Valley Authority's new nuclear reactor should not start operating until federal safety regulators have considered updated information about earthquake and flooding risks.
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) said TVA's Watts Bar site in Spring City, Tenn., is subject to greater earthquake and flooding risks than its design can handle. SACE wants the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to hold off on voting on an operating license for the new Watts Bar 2 reactor until analyzing these risks.
China resumes its nuclear power development
HONG KONG -- China yesterday approved the construction of two new nuclear reactors, giving a long-awaited go-ahead to Chinese nuclear developers.
The country halted its rapid nuclear power expansion in 2011, when Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex experienced meltdowns after a deadly tsunami. While Chinese officials allowed several already approved nuclear projects to complete their construction after passing safety reviews, they did not approve starting new projects -- until yesterday.
Georgia Power's nuclear tab goes up again -- but goes down on paper
Georgia Power has formally told state utility regulators it needs to change the official cost of its share of Plant Vogtle, as expected.
But the number went down instead of up.
This is because the utility wants the "certified" amount of Plant Vogtle to reflect the capital costs only and not include the financing costs, company executives said.
Exelon backs Ill. carbon bill -- but not the one greens wanted
Exelon Corp. is urging the Illinois General Assembly to price power-sector carbon emissions, but to do so in a way that won't make environmentalists happy.
The nuclear giant, which has long been searching for a way to secure state funding to keep its six-unit Illinois nuclear fleet online, threw its support yesterday to legislation -- Senate Bill 1585 and House Bill 3293 -- that would create a low-carbon portfolio standard.