The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved licenses to build two new nuclear reactors Thursday, the first authorized in over 30 years.
The reactors are being built in Georgia by a consortium of utilities led by Southern Co. They will be sited at the Vogtle nuclear power plant complex, about 170 miles east of Atlanta. The plant already houses two older reactors.
"Today marks an advancement in our nation's energy policy," Southern Company chief executive Thomas Fanning said at a press conference after the approval. "The project is on track, and our targets related to cost and schedule are achievable."
The five-member NRC voted in favor of the licenses four to one, with Chairman Gregory Jaczko dissenting.FULL STORY
@ banasy, But do you see the point I made in my last post?
Sure I do, but neclear energy is hard to put in gas tanks...
@ banasy, HA HA ðŸ˜‰
And let me make it clear, the crude oil pipelines that I'm taking about are of DOMESTIC origin. The ones coming from Canada are basically running from Vancouver to my neighborhood in NY
Scarey thought aint it mary and banasy? If the terrorists dont blow us up we will do it to ourselves!
LMAO chrissy, But why are the Nuclear power plants and the pipelines all situated on or near the east coast? This is coincidence folks.
I gotta go to bed. See tomorrow night guys.
yup me too, g nite all.
Greener than solar panels or wind turbines.wind turbines kill birds and solar panels contain hazardous materials which require batteries that also contain hazardous materials.
@ hamsta, dont nuclear reactors kill EVERYTHING? Human, animal and nature?
Yes, of course, chrissy, which doesn't make for green at all, but a vast, barren wasteland...
I think it's true that most of these alternative energy sources have their downfalls. However, according to the show I watched, it seems that things like natural gas are not cost efficient and can actually cause harm to people and land, and not to mention it's not safe at all.
The one weird thing they showed though is a nuclear plant that was built some decades ago but never completed because of what happened at 3-mile island. Well they are now continuing construction on it, but all the controls and dials and everything in the control room are from that era. Nothing is digital at all. They said they have to use those old parts for some reason. Weird.
Actually, if you study engineering, you'll find that analog displays are more accurate, due to a lack of discrete significant figures that digital requires. Ever seen a digital sensor bounce between numbers? That's because it can't nail down where the value is, due to delays and sampling rates. Analog sample in real time. For accuracy, always take analog.
The reason for using the old machinery is "cost effectiveness" ie, they don't want to spend the $$ it takes to upgrade! Which leads us to safety concerns! If new technology can make these reactors "safer" (that's got to be an oxymoron, right), & they want to build them w/in 7 mi of neighborhoods, they certainly need to upgrade those safety mechanisms! We can hardly compare wind or solar power "destruction" to what nuclear power can do to a city, like render it a hole in the ground! I'm against taking this type of risk in the name of $$ & energy, especially if proponents wont consider the risks or upgrade safety precautions!!
Well fernace, if they're going to do that, they may as well put Homer Simpson in charge...
I don't expect everyone to agree with an energy portfolio that relies on nuclear power, but how do you qualify these statements? Analog instrumentation is used because it is proven reliable technology, and being infinitely variable it is much better for trending parameters. Also, the plants you are referring to are installing updated digital turbine controls and protection systems.
You can't significantly deviate from the license design of the plant during construction. Each system is highly regulated by a license agreement approved by local, state, and federal authorities. You can't just change the plant design.
Also, nuclear plants can't level a city. Nuclear bombs do that. They are very different.
that's a good one. God knows we have enough of those up on the Hill.
Agree. Upgrades and safety precautions at the existing plants are already a big '?'.
Can't wait for fusion power. that carbon crap is beginning to clog everything-going to nuclear fission-just hope I can figure how to make this tool work-erggggg-