Why is SO gambling our health and dollars on Plant Vogtle
when Georgia Power could be getting on with solar power?
SO CEO Tom Fanning avoided the first part of Gloria Tatum’s question
by simply denying it, and danced around the second part by saying
the rate hike for Plant Vogtle’s cost overruns would only be
6 to 8 percent, not 12 percent.
Do you want to pay 6 or 8 percent more for a radioactive white elephant
when you could be getting power from the sun for less?
GT: Tom. Hi,Tom. It’s great to be here on this beautiful day.
TF: Thank you. Yes ma’am.
GT: And I know Southern Company’s done many wonderful things, but I want
to point out a few things to you today.
First, you know, after the
Fukushima meltdown, TEPCO’s $50 billion nuclear complex became a
worthless liability. The deadly radiation still circles the planet,
polluting the earth and increasing cancer. Other countries have
abandoned their nuclear and they’re looking to renewable, but
Southern Company’s affiliate, Georgia Power, continues construction
on two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. Now Shell Bluff is a
community down the stream from Plant Vogtle and it has experienced a
25 percent increase in cancer since Vogtle 1 and 2 have been built.
Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami
that heavily damaged four of the six nuclear reactors at
Fukushima Dai-ichi in Japan on 11 March 2011, also known as 3/11.
The broken reactors at Fukushima continue to leak radioactive substances into
groundwater, the sea, and the air, where it is carried across oceans
to the U.S. and elsewhere.
And it could still get much worse:
if the No. 4 reactor pool, still suspended in the air, collapses and causes
the disintegration of spent fuel rods from all the other reactors there,
Tokyo, 200 miles away, will have to be evacuated.
Fukushima’s GE reactors are the same GE Mark I design as Southern Company’s
Plant Hatch 1 and 2 only 100 miles from here at Baxley, GA,
and about 200 miles from Atlanta and Charleston.
is leaking radioactive tritium into our groundwater again.
Five more reactors
within 500 miles of here
are also GE Mark I.
Among the 311 or so facebook pages and websites about Fukushima
or against nuclear power is this concise one,
Unplug Nuclear Power,
which offers a simple action anyone can take tomorrow:
On 3/11, we will mark Fukushima day by using as little utility
supplied electricity as possible. This direct Action is designed to
punish the utility companies for continuing to push for nuclear
power even after the Fukushima disaster has proven that it is just
too dangerous. On that day, we will punish them in the only way that
they understand, by denying them our money. There will be four
levels of participation, go to the website,
www.unplugnuclearpower.com for a more complete description. Also, be
sure to join the Event. Finally, if you are in a group our
organization that can endorse this Action, please let us know.
This is the most damaging earthquake to occur in the Southeast United
States and one of the largest historic shocks in Eastern North America. It
damaged or destroyed many buildings in the old city of Charleston and
killed 60 people. Hardly a structure there was undamaged, and only
a few escaped serious damage. Property damage was estimated at $5-$6
million. Structural damage was reported several hundred kilometers from
Charleston (including central Alabama, central Ohio, eastern Kentucky,
southern Virginia, and western West Virginia), and long-period effects
were observed at distances exceeding 1,000 kilometers.
So let’s see, 86 miles is 137 kilometers.
The most recent San Francisco earthquake, the Little Big One of 1989,
was a 7.1.
That’s the one that turned the 880 freeway into the 440
by collapsing the upper deck and closing the Bay Bridge.
Well, at least they’re not building a solar power plant on the Savannah River.
If those things break in a quake you get… sunshine.
Colleagues and I have been directly corresponding with Yoshinori Ueda
leader of the International Committee of the Japan Wind Power Association
& Japan Wind Energy Association, and according to Ueda there has been
no wind facility damage reported by any association members, from either
the earthquake or the tsunami. Even the Kamisu semi-offshore wind farm,
located about 300km from the epicenter of the quake, survived. Its
anti-earthquake “battle proof design” came through with flying colors.
Mr. Ueda confirms that most Japanese wind turbines are fully
operational. Indeed, he says that electric companies have asked wind
farm owners to step up operations as much as possible in order to make
up for shortages in the eastern part of the country:
The only wind farms not operational are stopped because of failure
of the grid to feed electricity into, says Mr. Ueda:
Eurus Energy Japan says that 174.9MW with eight wind farms (64% of
their total capacity with 11 wind farms in eastern part of Japan)
are in operation now. The residual three wind farms (Kamaishi 42.9MW,
Takinekoshirai 46MW, Satomi 10.02MW) are stopped due to the grid failure
caused by the earthquake and Tsunami.