Monday, December 24, 2012

WSJ: New Nuclear Plant Hits Some Snages

Dec 24, 2012 p. A3 print edition by Rebecca Smith

Majia here: The latest licensed nuclear power plant to be built in Georgia, the Vogtle plant, is having problems and is behind schedule.

The initial projected cost was $14 billion, but over-runs typically mean costs rise. The engineer hired to monitor the project has already warned of "costly" delays of two to four years. The construction consortium includes Shaw Group and Westinghouse Electric.

Problems include "welding issues" and "design revisions."

The plant involves a new type of nuclear reactor.

Already there are $900 million in lawsuits involving the construction partners and utility over these delays.

Clearly, nuclear is NOT cost-effective and is DANGEROUSLY UNSAFE.

Notice the color distortions in this morning's screen shot of Fukushima. Imagine a fracking-caused earthquake or solar flare-caused power disruption creating the same level of damage to the nuclear plant located near you.

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