Should New Nuclear
Plants be Built?
Should new nuclear power plants be built in the United States?
Such plants will be built by private industry, but companies will only
do so if the government gives them incentives and arranges regulation
and insurance for nuclear power plants in favorable ways. Should
the government do so? Focus not on the advantages and
disadvantages of nuclear power in general, but rather on whether
building new nuclear power plants is the right choice now.
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Nuclear Power into Green
An article from the Greenville News:
October 19, 2005
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Counties vie to win new nuke facility
Cherokee pushes incentive package; Oconee, Pickens hope for plant jobs
By Anna Simon
WALHALLA -- Oconee County and Pickens County are players in what is
becoming a race to attract a Duke Power nuclear plant, with Cherokee
County backing an incentive package to draw a facility that would bring
jobs and tax revenues.
Duke Power, which already has three reactors at its Oconee Nuclear
Station on Lake Keowee, hasn't requested an incentive package from
Oconee County, Ron Rabun, the county administrator, said Tuesday.
Duke has asked "for an indication of interest," and "is certainly aware
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 second of
three readings of an incentive package with a reduction in property
taxes for the site should Duke select that county, said Jim Inman,
director of the Cherokee County Development Board.
Duke is "asking the other counties to make some type of indication of
their interest," Inman said.
Lake Keowee borders both Oconee and Pickens counties, but Pickens
County Administrator Alan Ours said Duke hasn't approached him, though
he's contacted them and expressed interest in Duke building the plant
in Pickens County.
"My take is that Pickens County is not under consideration," Ours said.
But Ray Farley, director of the Economic Development Alliance in
Pickens County, said, "If Oconee is in the running, we are their best
Selection of Oconee "would be Christmas morning in Pickens County,"
Farley said. "We know that that facility would employ, as the current
nuclear facility employs, a lot of Pickens County folks," Farley said.
A new nuclear plant would likely be a $4 to $6 billion investment in
2005 dollars and could bring 800-1,000 full-time jobs varying from
maintenance to engineering to office workers, Rita Sipe, a Duke
The region has suffered from job losses in the past year, including the
closing of the huge WestPoint Stevens textile plant near Clemson in
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 of the
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 "will be
looking at Lake Keowee to see if it's viable to build a plant there."
When asked if a fourth reactor could be built on the current nuclear
station site, Sipe said "we built what we planned" on the Oconee site.
She did not elaborate.
The study looks at factors such as available land mass, access to
transmission, water availability and "a long list" of other things that
are "being applied consistently to sites across the territory," Sipe
said. Sipe said Duke's plans are to have a site for a nuclear plant
selected by the end of this year, as well as a decision to prepare an
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 commission
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 said.
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 could bring
needed jobs and tax revenue to an area that has suffered major
employment losses. If approved, the facility also would be the nation's
first new plant in three decades.
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