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Old 07-23-2008, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Gray, TN
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Just for informational purposes, how would you feel if, to lower energy prices the TVA announce a new generation Nuclear Power plant?

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It would be located near Boone Dam off HWY 75 (already TVA property) or near Eastman.

It would add 500-1000 good paying jobs.

It would lower electric costs 30-40%.


Thoughts, concerns, or ruminations?

Are there any other industries that seem like a natural fit for the TriCities?
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Old 07-23-2008, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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I would vote Yes! Nuclear is about the cleanest, cheapest energy source there is. The word "nuclear" is the only issue I can see to stop something like this.
Heck I wanted nuclear fuel celled cars a few years ago and really do now with this gas mess.
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:12 AM
 
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Go Nukes!!!!
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Old 07-26-2008, 08:19 AM
 
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The problem with nuclear power is the waste. Where do we store it and can we store it safely? Regardless, we have little choice in the future but to opt out for nuclear. I think we have to accept nuclear power but must insist on proper disposal/storage of waste materials.
We need to explore and implement other sources such as wind, solar, hydro, wave power generation, etc. Instead of looking for one source to supply all our needs we should be seeking energy alternates that work now. i.e., outside solar powered flood lights, and solar panels to recharge battery systems, energy efficient appliances and lighting, etc. The simplest and cheapest thing we can all do is just make sure if it is not in use turn it off.
Don
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Old 07-26-2008, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Limestone,TN/Bucerias, Mexico
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The problem with nuclear power is the waste. Where do we store it and can we store it safely? Regardless, we have little choice in the future but to opt out for nuclear. I think we have to accept nuclear power but must insist on proper disposal/storage of waste materials.
We need to explore and implement other sources such as wind, solar, hydro, wave power generation, etc. Instead of looking for one source to supply all our needs we should be seeking energy alternates that work now. i.e., outside solar powered flood lights, and solar panels to recharge battery systems, energy efficient appliances and lighting, etc. The simplest and cheapest thing we can all do is just make sure if it is not in use turn it off.
Don
Totally agree with you, Donsabi! *Except for* nuclear for the aforementioned waste disposal reasons and concerns about poisoning the earth more than we already have.
I'll definitely give away my age with this. But more than 20 years ago I was writing feature stories (as a news reporter) about all kinds of alternative energy sources from passive and active solar to wind, hydro power and battery operated cars. It was a big deal back then in CT and there was lots of excitement about it.. I knew a whole group of people who were making it happen and encouraging others to do the same. (I built a passive solar house - about 1500 sq. ft. and my heating costs in cold CT were around $250 for the year!)
So much time has been lost... What happened? Was it worries from big oil companies about losing their energy monopoly - as currently?
Things need to change and quickly - among them tax incentives for building *real* energy efficient houses (no more McMansions), financial rewards for creating new and innovative energy systems, an updated energy grid system and the list goes on.
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Old 08-03-2008, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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Bring it on. Even with the associated risks, I'm for almost anything (almost!!) that will decrease our dependence on oil. I agree with mbmouse in that the biggest issue to overcome wil be the word "nuclear." On a side note, I also believe its time to look at solar a little more, as well as wind, hydro, etc.

On on the pollution front, how much more damage could this possibly do with Eastman and Domtar (whatever its called this week) already "doing their part?"
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Gray, TN
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Totally agree with you, Donsabi! *Except for* nuclear for the aforementioned waste disposal reasons and concerns about poisoning the earth more than we already have.
I'll definitely give away my age with this. But more than 20 years ago I was writing feature stories (as a news reporter) about all kinds of alternative energy sources from passive and active solar to wind, hydro power and battery operated cars. It was a big deal back then in CT and there was lots of excitement about it.. I knew a whole group of people who were making it happen and encouraging others to do the same.
New age nuclear plants can reprocess much of their waste, and much of the environmental concern has been eliminated. I posed this topic because I feel nuclear power is the only power other than coal that this area is ideally suited to access. Note that Nuclear Fuel Services Inc‎ is located just down the road in Erwin, we have several sources of water, we have a university to provide skilled workers, and it could be operated or regulated by the TVA.

I would like for our local representatives to look into bringing the nuclear industry into the TriCities.

Ohh, and remember to vote Thursday everyone.
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