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Here’s how off-track we’ve gotten in Georgia Power’s attempt to build two new nuclear plants: If we stopped construction of the two half-built nuclear plants immediately, writing them off as a complete loss, then started from scratch with construction of brand new natural-gas plants, we would be able to generate the same amount of energy promised by those two abandoned nuke plants, while saving $1.6 billion. Moreover, that estimate from the professional staff and consultants at the Georgia Public Service Commission probably underestimates the potential savings, and by a large margin. It assumes that Georgia Power will be able to meet its promised new construction deadlines of November 2021 and November 2022. Based on its long history of blown deadlines, that is a very large assumption indeed.

Jay Bookman 6th Dec 2017 read more »

In the late 1970s, the rate of new thyroid cancer cases in four counties just north of New York City—Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties—was 22 percent below the U.S. rate. Today, it has soared to 53 percent above the national rate. New cases jumped from 51 to 412 per year. Large increases in thyroid cancer occurred for both males and females in each county. That’s according to a new study I co-authored which was published in the Journal of Environmental Protection and presented at Columbia University. This change may be a result of airborne emissions of radioactive iodine from the Indian Point nuclear power plant, which is located at the crossroads of those four counties and has been operating since the mid-’70s.

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Published: 7 December 2017