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After U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry came to Oswego County last week to praise the state’s support of nuclear power plants, several environmental groups and New York politicians sent a letter to state leaders saying the opposite. The idea of using public dollars to keep financially struggling nuclear power plants afloat because they don’t emit carbon dioxide was never popular among some environmental groups that consider the facilities dangerous and dirty because of the radiation and nuclear waste they create. So when the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) voted two years ago to bail them with about $8 billion in fees on consumer’s energy bills, they left the door open to a potential compromise.

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Southern California residents packed a California State Lands Commission meeting Tuesday night to protest the plan to demolish the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The SONGS nuclear power plant closed in 2012 after reactor coolant leaked from an 11-month-old steam generator, leaking 82 gallons of radioactive coolant a day. Edison alerted the public to a “possible leak” on Jan. 31, 2012, and on Feb. 17, 2012, responded to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission report about the leak with confirmation a “barely measurable” amount of radioactivity was released into the atmosphere. The California Coastal Commission issued a permit to SONGS operator Southern California Edison to store spent nuclear waste in canisters buried under the beach next to the shuttered power plant. This year, Edison began burying the spent nuclear waste on the beach and is a third of the way through burying the 70-plus canisters. But to complete the entire decommissioning process – including tearing down the twin buildings which used to house energy operations – the California Coastal Commission needs to approve a final permit. That permit will not be taken up by the Coastal Commission until a recently released 706-page environmental impact report by the California State Lands Commission – which assesses the environmental impacts of tearing down SONGS – gets approved. It outlines the components and structures proposed to be taken down in a way to reduce radioactivity and impacts on the environment. Among significant “unavoidable impacts” outlined in the EIR, however, are potential release of radiological materials and impacts on air quality. The majority of speakers from a group of more than 100 people at Tuesday’s meeting said those “unavoidable impacts” are unacceptable.

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A federal judge on Thursday rejected a request to bar the public from a Colorado wildlife refuge that was once part of a nuclear weapons plant. Environmentalists and community activists had asked the judge to issue a preliminary injunction that would prohibit opening Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Denver while the courts hear their lawsuit claiming the government did not study public safety closely enough. U.S. District Judge Philip A. Brimmer said the activists had not shown that radioactive exposure at the site was bad enough to cause them irreparable harm, so they had not met the judicial standard for an injunction.

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Southern Company’s second quarter earnings news yesterday about Plant Vogtle’s nuclear expansion having yet another multi-billion dollar cost increase is not surprising given the continued problems occurring at the nuclear construction site that is just approaching halfway completion despite being more than nine years into construction. But it is infuriating.

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Published: 10 August 2018