Today citizensâ€™ groups announced that they are calling on Nuclear Regulatory Commission judges to suspend Tennessee Valley Authorityâ€™s request to build and operate four nuclear reactors at Bellefonte. The groupsâ€™ latest legal challenge describes the failure of TVA to include two partially completed nuclear reactors in its license application for two new reactors at its Bellefonte site near
The 13-page brief filed by the groups states that TVAâ€™s license application â€œdoes not contain any discussion of environmental impact or options regarding Bellefonte Units 1 and 2; therefore, it is fatally deficient.â€ The groups say TVA is segmenting its proposal and omitting the cumulative impacts, both of which are prohibited by law. Segmentation occurs when analysis is done after decisions are made and the project is underway. Cumulative actions are those which have significantly greater impacts caused by successive additions. For example, these cumulative effects include water usage, radiation releases and accident impacts. The National Environmental Policy Act requires a side-by-side presentation of all options to decision makers and the public.
Referring to TVAâ€™s request to reinstate the older plantsâ€™ permits, the Leagueâ€™s legal representative, Louis Zeller, said, â€œTVA cannot be allowed to circumvent the law. Their stop-start approach to nuclear power is no excuse.â€ Zeller referred to TVAâ€™s August request to reinstate construction permits for Bellefonte Units 1 and 2.
Opponents of nuclear power also expressed concerns about TVAâ€™s financial stability. Speaking for Bellefonte Efficiency and Sustainability Team, Louise Gorenflo said, â€œManagement is leading TVA down the road to bankruptcy. The agency is behaving like a drunken sailor, squandering our money on one unneeded nuclear project after the next.â€ She added, â€œWe will do what we can to represent the interests of the families and ratepayers who can barely afford what TVA charges now.â€
In the 1970â€™s TVA had planned to build two reactors, called Bellefonte 1 and 2, but abandoned the plan after spending about $4 billion. Earlier this year, TVA requested a license to build two new reactors, designated 3 and 4, at the Bellefonte site in
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September 12, 2008
Louis Zeller (336) 977-0852
Louise Gorenflo (931) 484-2633