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A roundup of recent news by Charlie Petit at MIT's Knight Science
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Sent to you by Michael via Google Reader: Scattered ink: New nukes for
USA via Knight Science Journalism Tracker by Charlie Petit on 6/18/09

Most of the permit applications in recent years to build new nuclear
plants have come for sites in the Old South, so The Tracker sat up a
bit on reading in the Cleveland Plain Dealer a report by Aaron Marshall
that Duke Energy (yes, rooted in the Old South) held a press conference
to announce its intent to build a new nuclear plant in Ohio (yes again,
it’s southern Ohio, at a former DOE uranium enrichment planet site, but
not Dixie). The story - one of several but the first I saw - hits
squarely all the reasons given by nuclear energy fans for building at
least a few new nukes and, if manufacturers manage to erect them at
anywhere near their advertised budgets, build a bunch more of them.
They don’t emit CO2 for one thing. That’s the main thing, actually.
Plus they don’t have all those coal trains rumbling through the local
town nearly every day. This one’s reactor will come from the big
France-based company, Areva - presumably after learning some lessons
from its overdue, overbudget effort to put up an advanced plant in
Finland (see Times - Robin Pagnamenta:Landmark nuclear reactor will be
three years late).

And last week a Republican congressional group called on the US to
build 100 new nuclear reactors in the next decade or so (for one,
Wyoming Star Tribune - Dustin Bleizeffer: House GOP submits energy plan
centered on nuclear). That’d about double the number we have now - and
which produce roughly a fifth of US electricity.

The Tracker would like to see a few new nukes just to learn whether
they go as advertised, but suspects that the political will to
guarantee loans with public money is lacking in Washington, and the
gambler’s spirit absent on Wall Street to justify such private
investment. But…maybe. In that spirit, here are a few more samplings of
recent pro-nuke developments in the news, including some more on that
Ohio plan:

- Salt Lake Tribune - Patty Henetz: Energy secretary sees nuclear power
in America’s future; Steven Chu spoke at a Western Governors’ Ass’n
meeting in the state.
- Wall Street Journal - Mark Peters: Duke, Areva Propose Nuclear Power
Plant in Ohio;
- NYTimes - Matthew L. Wald: New Nuclear Plant for Ohio Pondered ;
- Wall Street Journal - Rebecca Smith: US Chooses Four Utilities to
Revive Nuclear Industry ; Seven nukes in all, from NRG, Unistar, Scana,
and Southern. One is surprised that Entergy, which was among the first
to submit preliminary applications, isn’t there.
- Bloomberg - Tina Seeley : Southern files to build 2 reactors ; In
Georgia ;
- Cincinatti Enquirer - Mike Boyer: Nuclear plant would cost $10
billion ; The Ohio news again.
- Columbus Dispatch - Mark Niquette : Piketon nuke-plant effort
begins ; and by Ashley Lutz : In Pike County, it’s about the jobs;
- Dayton Daily News - Tom Beyerlein: Plans unveiled for Ohio’s first
nuclear reactor in 2 decades ;
Grist for the Mill:

Ohio governor’s office Press Release ; Duke Energy Press Release ;

-CP

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