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Nuclear Power Support

      

Nuclear Power Support

 

AAEA Environmental Group Leader in Nuclear Power Support

AAEA was the first environmental group in the United States to support nuclear power starting in 2000. AAEA remains the only environmental group in the United States to support nuclear power. Nuclear power is the best technology for producing emission free electricity. It produces no smog forming gases and produces no greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

Although largely unheralded by the nuclear industry, unrecognized by the media and vilified by the environmental movement, AAEA has been, and will continue to be, the environmental organization leader in promoting this solution to emission free production of electricity.

Our work speaks for itself (Select Activities):

Duke Energy Catawba & McGuire Visits and Ameren Callaway Tour (2002)

Tour Indian Point Nuclear Plant & Testimony Before NY City Council (2003)

Westchester County Board of Legislators (2004)

Queens Energy Forum (2005)

Exelon Clinton Nuclear Plant, Clinton, Illinois Tour & NRC Testimony (2005)

Dominion North Anna Nuclear Plant Visit and NRC Statement (2005)

Tour San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant South of Los Angeles (2005)

Entergy Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant Tour and NRC Public Meeting (2005 & 2008)

Participate in NRC Headquarters Meeting on COL for Duke Energy (2005)

Formation of Nuclear Fuels Reprocessing Coalition (2005)

Signing of Energy Policy Act of 2005 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Statement at NRC Meeting on Constellation Energy Calvert Cliffs COL (2007)

Tour Nuclear Plants in China (2007)

Tour Nuclear Reprocessing Facility and Power Plant in France (2007)

Promoting Nuclear Power in South Korea (2007)

Environmental Justice & Nuclear Power at Howard Univ Conference (2007)

Environmental Justice & Nuclear Power at Howard Univ Conf (2008) (All Videos)

Videos of Grand Gulf NRC Meeting in Port Gibson, Mississippi (2008)

NY State DEC Public Meeting on FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant Water Permit (2008)

[Below] Norris McDonald speaks at an NRC public meeting on the proposal to build a new nuclear power plant adjacent to the current Calvert Cliffs nuclear power facility in Lusby, Maryland

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held two public environmental scoping meetings at the Port Gibson City Hall in Port Gibson, Mississippi on June 19, 2008. The meetings are part of NRC's review of an application submitted by Entergy Operations Inc (EOI) for a combined license (COL) for construction and operation of a new nuclear power plant at it Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (GGNS) site in Claiborne County, Mississippi. The first meeting was held at 1 p.m. and the second meeting was held at 7 p.m. The NRC presented an overview of the COL environmental review process and described how the process will be implemented for the review of the GGNS COL application. AAEA participated in the meetings. The proposed new reactor, designated GGNS Unit 3, would be located within a 2,100 acre site, situated approximately 6 miles northwest of Port Gibson, Mississippi. EOI currently operates one reactor, GGNS Unit 1 on the site and plans to construct Unit 3 adjacent to the existing reactor. Plans for a unit 2 never happened, but to avoid confusion, the proposed unit is being designated Unit 3. The construction site cleared for GGNS Unit 3 covrs approximately 234 acres within EOI's 2,100 acre site. EOI submitted the application for the COL by letter dated February 27, 2008. The application was accepted for docketing on April 24, 2008.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held two public environmental scoping meetings at the Port Gibson City Hall in Port Gibson, Mississippi on June 19, 2008. The meetings are part of NRC's review of an application submitted by Entergy Operations Inc (EOI) for a combined license (COL) for construction and operation of a new nuclear power plant at it Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (GGNS) site in Claiborne County, Mississippi. The first meeting was held at 1 p.m. and the second meeting was held at 7 p.m. The NRC presented an overview of the COL environmental review process and described how the process will be implemented for the review of the GGNS COL application. AAEA participated in the meetings. The proposed new reactor, designated GGNS Unit 3, would be located within a 2,100 acre site, situated approximately 6 miles northwest of Port Gibson, Mississippi. EOI currently operates one reactor, GGNS Unit 1 on the site and plans to construct Unit 3 adjacent to the existing reactor. Plans for a unit 2 never happened, but to avoid confusion, the proposed unit is being designated Unit 3. The construction site cleared for GGNS Unit 3 covrs approximately 234 acres within EOI's 2,100 acre site. EOI submitted the application for the COL by letter dated February 27, 2008. The application was accepted for docketing on April 24, 2008.

James FitzPatrick nuclear power plant

Written Statement

In connection with the Entergy Nuclear Fitzpatrick LLC (Fitzpatrick) Application for a New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Water Quality Certification (“WQC”), the African American Environmentalist Association-New York (“AAEA-NY”) submitted comments in support of granting a WQC based on environmental justice considerations.

The draft denial of the WQC may lead to the closure of the facility if the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) denies a license renewal based on the denial of a WQC. Any substantial reduction in the amount of electricity generated by Fitzpatrick will spark demand for replacement electricity from power plants in other parts of the state. Unfortunately, these plants are, for the most part, pollution-emitting fossil-fuel plants.

In New York City fossil plants and other pollution sources are largely located in low-income and minority communities. As production at these fossil-fuel plants increases, the air quality in and around these plants will further deteriorate, causing a spike in the incidences of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in these vulnerable communities. The denial of the WQC, to the extent that it leads to fossil fuel replacement of Fitzpatrick, effectively places the interests of Lake Ontario fish eggs and larva over the health of New York’s low-income and minority communities.

AAEA presented a statement at a public hearing before the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on July 15, 2008 in Scriba, New York that was helpful in getting approval in July of the license renewal for the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit and Water Quality Certification (WQC). The meeting was an opportunity for members of the public to state their views on the station’s renewed SPDES permit and WQC. FitzPatrick expects its 20-year license renewal from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) soon, extending the station’s current 40-year license to 2034. AAEA is proud to have played a small part in the license renewals for this facility that will help in reducing global warming.

Concurrently, the New York Department of State Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) issued its consistency determination for the renewed NRC license. The WQC and CZMA determination reflect New York State’s acknowledgement of the important role of the FitzPatrick plant to the New York power supply and the absence of adverse aquatic impacts associated with its operations. AAEA President Norris McDonald is pictured above at the plant.

Video of Oral Statement