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
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 www.BREDL.org
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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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How BEST to SUPPORT:
live within a 50-mile radius and/or are concerned about the proposed
Bellefonte AL nuclear reactors, please contact
SandyKurtz@comcast.net 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
for membership accepted. Make checks
payable to BREDL/BEST and mail to:
BREDL, P.O. Box 88,
Glendale Springs, NC 28629.
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