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March 22, 2011 / Green America

Tell Southern Co. and Dominion Power: No New Nuclear Power!

Despite the ongoing disaster in Japan, two of the largest utilities in the United States are planning to move ahead with new nuclear reactors, adding to those they already have in service. While nuclear may be a low carbon energy source, it most definitely is not clean, yet Southern Company and Dominion are still moving ahead with plans for new nuclear plants:

  • Southern Company plans to add two new reactors at Plant Vogtle, where there are already two nuclear plants in operation. The design of the proposed reactors has been criticized because the shield building may not be able to survive an earthquake or plane crash, which could result in a catastrophic meltdown.
  • Dominion is planning to build a new reactor at its Lake Anna complex in Virginia. The new plant was recently delayed for 18 months so that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission could re-do seismic analysis of the reactor. Virginians are also concerned about the impact on Lake Anna of additional discharges of heated water.

Nuclear power is not a safe and clean alternative to fossil fuels. Between the risks of catastrophic accidents, ongoing environmental impacts, and the fact that nuclear waste will remain radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years, nuclear power should have no role in our energy future.

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