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Old 02-09-2012, 12:43 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Kudoes to the Obama administration. After thirty years of fear and paranoia spearheaded by various enviro-whacko groups, the govt has finally gotten back on track for building nuclear power stations. For more than 50 years, fewer people have been killed or injured by nuclear power, than by ANY other source, including hydroelectric, geothermal, solar, and windmills.

The Obama administration has done the right thing. For a change. My hat is off to them.

I do wonder about the statement in the article that says the govt encourages use of "pre-approved" designs rather than "custom" designs. Doesn't that mean they will be using OLDER designs, and shutting out modifications that might make the reactors safer in the event of earthquakes, floods, etc.? New designs have been worked on since Japan's Fukushima reactor problems after a big earthquake cause tsunamis that knocked out the reactors and caused major leaks. Does this policy mean that those newer designs will NOT be used?

Still, it's good to see them finally making the (overall) right move. Hopefully the issues of safety will not be discouraged for long.

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U.S. approves 1st nuclear reactors since 1978

U.S. approves 1st nuclear reactors since 1978

by Mary Ann Chastain
Updated 7m ago

WASHINGTON (AP) – The first new U.S. nuclear power plant in a generation won federal approval Thursday.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved Southern Co.'s request to build two nuclear reactors in the southern state of Georgia.

The NRC last approved construction of a nuclear plant in 1978, a year before a partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania raised fears of a radiation release and brought new reactor orders nearly to a halt.

The NRC approved a new reactor design for the Georgia plant in December. Utility companies in Florida and the Carolinas also plan new reactors that use the same design by Westinghouse Electric Co.

The planned reactors are remnants of a once-anticipated building boom that the power industry dubbed the "nuclear renaissance."

President Obama has offered the Georgia project $8.3 billion in federal loan guarantees as part of its pledge to expand nuclear power.

Obama and other proponents say greater use of nuclear power could cut U.S. reliance on fossil fuels and create energy without producing emissions blamed for global warming. A new government permit process strongly encourages utilities to use pre-approved reactor designs rather than building custom models, a strategy intended to make construction easier and less expensive.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Del Rio, TN
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Anyone taking bets as to how long it takes before the NIMBYs, greenies and other uninformed fear mongers try to tie this up in court?

It is good to see the Obama administartion doing something positive for US energy independence for a change.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Anyone taking bets as to how long it takes before the NIMBYs, greenies and other uninformed fear mongers try to tie this up in court?

This is Barack pandering for votes. He has no intention of allowing this to proceed beyond the planning phase.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:52 PM
 
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I support rapid expansion of nuclear energy. I also support storing nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain and forcing Harry Reid to be the gate guard in a 4' x 7' guard shack for the rest of his born days.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Del Rio, TN
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I support rapid expansion of nuclear energy. I also support storing nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain and forcing Harry Reid to be the gate guard in a 4' x 7' guard shack for the rest of his born days.
I agree with most of that...but I don't think Harry Reid is smart enough to be a security guard.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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Red states and predominately red neighborhoods should be out bidding for more of these plants and waste storage areas to be in their vicinity.

But for some reason, they don't.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:56 PM
 
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I agree with most of that...but I don't think Harry Reid is smart enough to be a security guard.
That's funny. Are you a Senator? Are you a millionaire? No on both counts.

Wouldn't be so quick to cast doubt on the intelligence of folks that are more successful than you are.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:58 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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Who pays the insurance? I read insurance for nuclear power stations is pretty expensive these days
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Del Rio, TN
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That's funny. Are you a Senator? Are you a millionaire? No on both counts.

Wouldn't be so quick to cast doubt on the intelligence of folks that are more successful than you are.
So you think he IS smart enough to be a security guard? Well, you may be right.
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Kudoes to the Obama administration. After thirty years of fear and paranoia spearheaded by various enviro-whacko groups, the govt has finally gotten back on track for building nuclear power stations. For more than 50 years, fewer people have been killed or injured by nuclear power, than by ANY other source, including hydroelectric, geothermal, solar, and windmills.

The Obama administration has done the right thing. For a change. My hat is off to them.

I do wonder about the statement in the article that says the govt encourages use of "pre-approved" designs rather than "custom" designs. Doesn't that mean they will be using OLDER designs, and shutting out modifications that might make the reactors safer in the event of earthquakes, floods, etc.? New designs have been worked on since Japan's Fukushima reactor problems after a big earthquake cause tsunamis that knocked out the reactors and caused major leaks. Does this policy mean that those newer designs will NOT be used?

Still, it's good to see them finally making the (overall) right move. Hopefully the issues of safety will not be discouraged for long.

-----------------------------------------------------

U.S. approves 1st nuclear reactors since 1978

U.S. approves 1st nuclear reactors since 1978

by Mary Ann Chastain
Updated 7m ago

WASHINGTON (AP) – The first new U.S. nuclear power plant in a generation won federal approval Thursday.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved Southern Co.'s request to build two nuclear reactors in the southern state of Georgia.

The NRC last approved construction of a nuclear plant in 1978, a year before a partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania raised fears of a radiation release and brought new reactor orders nearly to a halt.

The NRC approved a new reactor design for the Georgia plant in December. Utility companies in Florida and the Carolinas also plan new reactors that use the same design by Westinghouse Electric Co.

The planned reactors are remnants of a once-anticipated building boom that the power industry dubbed the "nuclear renaissance."

President Obama has offered the Georgia project $8.3 billion in federal loan guarantees as part of its pledge to expand nuclear power.

Obama and other proponents say greater use of nuclear power could cut U.S. reliance on fossil fuels and create energy without producing emissions blamed for global warming. A new government permit process strongly encourages utilities to use pre-approved reactor designs rather than building custom models, a strategy intended to make construction easier and less expensive.
Yes, well done. We need nuke power so we can power up the expanding rail system.
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