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Duke Energy to Cancel Proposed Levy County Nuclear Plant

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Angelika R (143)
Friday August 2, 2013, 4:11 pm
Love sharing good news!
Yesterday, Duke Energy cancelled its two proposed new reactors in Levy County, Florida.

On Tuesday, Electricite de France announced that it is pulling out of the U.S. nuclear market entirely. You might remember that EDF wanted to build new reactors at Calvert Cliffs, Maryland and Nine Mile Point, New York. But NIRS beat them in NRC licensing proceedings, and its subsidiary, UniStar Nuclear, was denied a license on foreign ownership grounds.
Here's an article on that from Bloomberg

Sue H (7)
Friday August 2, 2013, 4:18 pm
Good news about the Nuclear Power Plant but Someone Needs to look into the corruption that leaves the customers holding that huge debt. Why would customers have to continue to pay higher prices for something Duke Energy botched?? Smells like a $1.5 billion rip-off to me.

Angelika R (143)
Friday August 2, 2013, 4:22 pm
Exactly so, Sue. Read this if you like: Thank you, Tallahassee, for making us pay so much for nothing

Nancy C (806)
Friday August 2, 2013, 4:43 pm
bet me to it!!! great news!!! now for that debt...and the rest of our ill placed tax burdens for that matter!

Jelica R (144)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:58 pm
Vattenfall says suing Germany over nuclear exit; Global Energy World; Jul 12, 2012

"Swedish power group Vattenfall said Thursday it was joining bigger rivals E.ON and RWE in filing a complaint with Germany's top court seeking compensation for Berlin's decision to abandon nuclear power.

"We have recently lodged a complaint with the Constitutional Court," a spokeswoman for Germany's third biggest nuclear energy producer told AFP.

The spokeswoman stressed that the complaint was not against the decision to ditch nuclear power per se but against the requirement to shut down reactors early, which they say infringes their proprietary rights.

The move follows similar complaints lodged in April by RWE and in November by E.ON.

All three companies have already seen profits fall sharply.

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, Berlin decided to phase out nuclear power, forcing energy suppliers to shut down their profitable large-scale power plants and also levying a tax on the reactors' fuel for their remaining lifespan.

Vattenfall said it was seeking "appropriate compensation".

Germany's biggest power utility E.ON has said it wants at least 8.0 billion euros ($9.8 billion)."

I hope that these compensations for "lost future revenue" will be on the table during the current USA-EU Trans-Atlantic Trade Treaty (TAFTA) negotiations. From leaked memos, and experience with the NAFTA, it is possible that a non-government body will decide about compensations, leaving our governments and national courts with no say in this matter. All in the name of business friendly political environment... Currently, our courts still have a jurisdiction over such disputes, and national sovereignty is not yet formally subjected to corporate interests.

JL A (281)
Friday August 2, 2013, 6:59 pm
Thanks for sharing the good news Angelika!

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:05 am
Great news! Thx Angelika

Jelica R (144)
Monday August 12, 2013, 4:57 am
Here is a MAP with Nuclear Power Plants in the US with PETITION!
"We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and all members of Congress to drop their misguided support for nuclear power in the U.S. We must learn the lessons of Fukushima, 3-mile Island and Chernobyl. We must close down all existing U.S. Nuclear plants and stop building new ones for the sake of the planet and all of us who live on it."

Scroll down to see if you live in a nuclear danger zone and DO SIGN the petition!
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Florida has 3 nuclear power plants, all opened in 1970-ties, and all with Pressurized water reactors. Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station initially operated two pressurized water reactor plants. The partial meltdown of TMI-2 in 1979 essentially ended the growth in new construction of nuclear power plants in the United States for two decades.

Almost 5,000,000 people in Florida live in a nuclear danger zone -- 50 mile radius around that plant -- the same evacuation radius proposed by the US State Department around the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Jelica R (144)
Monday August 12, 2013, 5:23 am

"As of 2011, nuclear power in the United States is provided by 104 commercial reactors (69 pressurized water reactors and 35 boiling water reactors) licensed to operate at 65 nuclear power plants, producing a total of 790 TWh of electricity, which was 19.2% of the nation's total electric energy generation in 2011. The United States is the world's largest supplier of commercial nuclear power. ... "

"Davis-Besse*: The Reactor with a Hole in its Head" (PDF). UCS -- Aging Nuclear Plants. Union of Concerned Scientists. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
* "Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station is a nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio, the United States. It has a single pressurized water reactor, also referred to as a light water reactor. As of 2011, it is operated by the FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.

On March 5, 2002, maintenance workers discovered that corrosion had eaten a football-sized hole into the reactor vessel head of the Davis-Besse plant. Although the corrosion did not lead to an accident, this was considered to be a serious nuclear safety incident. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission kept Davis-Besse shut down until March 2004, so that FirstEnergy was able to perform all the necessary maintenance for safe operations. The NRC imposed its largest fine ever more than $5 million against FirstEnergy for the actions that led to the corrosion. The company paid an additional $28 million in fines under a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to the NRC, Davis-Besse has been the source of two of the top five most dangerous nuclear incidents in the United States since 1979. ... "

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