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An article from the Greenville News:
October 19, 2005
Page: 1, 3A
Counties vie to win new nuke facility
Cherokee pushes incentive package; Oconee, Pickens hope for
By Anna Simon
WALHALLA -- Oconee County and Pickens County are players in
becoming a race to attract a Duke Power nuclear plant, with
County backing an incentive package to draw a facility that
jobs and tax revenues.
Duke Power, which already has three reactors at its Oconee
Station on Lake Keowee, hasn't requested an incentive
Oconee County, Ron Rabun, the county administrator, said
Duke has asked "for an indication of interest," and "is
of our interest," said Rabun, who has met with Duke
officials and said
he asked if Oconee should prepare incentives.
Rabun asked if Duke was "looking for a particular incentive,
or a cash
package or bonds and they said no," he said.
But on Monday night Cherokee County Council approved the
three readings of an incentive package with a reduction in
taxes for the site should Duke select that county, said Jim
director of the Cherokee County Development Board.
Duke is "asking the other counties to make some type of
their interest," Inman said.
Lake Keowee borders both Oconee and Pickens counties, but
County Administrator Alan Ours said Duke hasn't approached
he's contacted them and expressed interest in Duke building
in Pickens County.
"My take is that Pickens County is not under consideration,"
But Ray Farley, director of the Economic Development
Pickens County, said, "If Oconee is in the running, we are
Selection of Oconee "would be Christmas morning in Pickens
Farley said. "We know that that facility would employ, as
nuclear facility employs, a lot of Pickens County folks,"
A new nuclear plant would likely be a $4 to $6 billion
2005 dollars and could bring 800-1,000 full-time jobs
maintenance to engineering to office workers, Rita Sipe, a
The region has suffered from job losses in the past year,
closing of the huge WestPoint Stevens textile plant near
Oconee County that affected more than 1,300 people.
Duke Power is studying about 14 possible sites in its
service area in
the Carolinas that should be complete at the end of the
year, Sipe said
Sipe wouldn't disclose any locations being considered. None
original sites on the list have been eliminated, she said.
Bryan J. Dolan, Duke's managing director of nuclear
projects, had said
in an earlier interview that the Charlotte-based utility
looking at Lake Keowee to see if it's viable to build a
When asked if a fourth reactor could be built on the current
station site, Sipe said "we built what we planned" on the
She did not elaborate.
The study looks at factors such as available land mass,
transmission, water availability and "a long list" of other
are "being applied consistently to sites across the
said. Sipe said Duke's plans are to have a site for a
selected by the end of this year, as well as a decision to
application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on what
could be the
nation's first new nuclear plant in three decades.
Any decision to build would be made after a successful
review and based on customer need at that time, which would
be four or
five years out, Sipe said.
It could take Duke two years or more to complete an
application and the
commission review process would take about 33 months, Sipe
Construction of a new nuclear facility would take another
four to five
years, Sipe said.
A new Duke nuclear power plant in Oconee or Pickens county
needed jobs and tax revenue to an area that has suffered
employment losses. If approved, the facility also would be
first new plant in three decades.
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