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Bellefonte Efficiency & Sustainability Team
Chapter of BREDL: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League


B.E.S.T. Proposed Actions:


Groups File Lawsuit Against TVA Nuclear
Plant in Alabama

Today citizens groups announced their legal challenge to stop the proposed Bellefonte nuclear power plant. The groups filed a lawsuit which lists 19 major arguments against nuclear power at a proposed TVA site near Scottsboro, AL. The 176-page petition to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was filed by the Bellefonte Efficiency and Sustainability Team, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

The June 6th petition detailed serious concerns: the emission of radioactive air and water pollution during routine operations and negative impacts on human health, the effects of hot water discharges Tennessee River's fish and other wildlife, the large number of sinkholes and caves near the Bellefonte site indicating unstable terrain, the unsolved problems of nuclear waste, the uncertainties about uranium fuel supply and the potential for terrorist attacks. The League's Louis Zeller was the principal author of the intervention.

BEST members who span Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia communities are concerned about jobs and other economic issues. Louise Gorenflo said, "BEST urges TVA to use the $14 billion of ratepayers' money it plans to use on building two unnecessary nuclear plants to reduce now our carbon footprint through energy efficiency and renewable alternatives." She continued, "The number of jobs produced through energy efficiency are many times more than the handful of jobs created through nuclear generation."

Recent droughts in the Tennessee Valley have called into question TVA's ability to produce electricity while safeguarding water supply. "We are incredibly concerned about the impacts two more nuclear reactors could have on the Tennessee River, which is already stressed," said Sara Barczak, safe energy director with Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, partnering organization in the intervention. "More reactors mean more water will be waster along with ratepayer and taxpayer dollars. TVA's risky venture has to stop." ...

The petition is posted at
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On October 20, 2007 the Tennessee Valley Authority applied to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to build and operate two nuclear plants at Bellefonte. The permit application is for a combined license for two Westinghouse Advance Passive 1000 Pressurized Water Reactors designated as Bellefonte Nuclear Station Units 3 & 4.  A copy of the application and other information is available to the public
at the NRC website at:

April 3, 2008 was the date of the first public hearing on Bellefonte 3 & 4. The purpose of this NRC scoping hearing was to gather information on the environmental impacts of TVA's new nuclear plants. The NRC expects to issue a Draft Environmental Impact Statement in March 2009 and a Final Environmental Impact Statement in January 2010/. The public will have opportunities to comment on these documents at hearings and in writing. BREDL and its local chapter, BEST are organizing opposition to stop TVA's proposal.
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If you live within a 50-mile radius and/or are concerned about the proposed Bellefonte AL nuclear reactors, please contact for connection to the local BEST group, and consider becoming an official BEST member by joining BREDL. BEST conduct regular meetings and plans numerous actions in the upcoming year. Your energy is needed to encourage others within our region (including TVA) to take the sustainable path.
How to JOIN:
All donations are tax deductible.
$20 recommended, however any donation for membership accepted. Make checks payable to BREDL/BEST and mail to:
BREDL, P.O. Box 88,
Glendale Springs, NC 28629.
Contact BEST:  
Email Bill Reynolds:, or  (423) 892-5237

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Bellefonte Efficiency & Sustainability Team 
Chapter of BREDL: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League