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Time for Georgia to Rethink Nuclear Energy and Plant Vogtle

Georgia is moving in the wrong direction with the continuation of construction on two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

Gov. Nathan Deal calls nuclear energy clean energy. However, nuclear is not clean energy. 159 Georgia Together maintains the cost associated with this project, at an estimated $25 billion and climbing, could easily fund more sustainable energy solutions like solar and wind energy options to build out a smarter and more efficient grid.

Other states, like California and South Carolina, are actively shutting down nuclear sites and have plans to have all nuclear facilities closed by 2025. "In neighboring South Carolina, Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. abandoned the construction of a similar nuclear project in July 2017 last year, blaming the decision primarily on the bankruptcy of lead contractor Westinghouse."  

Westinghouse is also the primary contractor working on Plant Vogtle. Issues and delays on the project have continued to escalate the cost of the construction to an overwhelming $25 billion dollars. The project started in 2009 and is almost five years behind schedule in completion.

In February, Nuclear Watch South filed a formal request for an investigation into the plans contractor Westinghouse was utilizing and "alleged engineering malpractice at Vogtle 3 & 4.” The group originally had filed a request in December and is pressing for action on the serious issue that includes unusable parts, which undermines construction and the ultimate safety of the risky AP1000 nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.

Georgia needs to move on and rethink its strategy of nuclear energy. The tax payers have paid enough.

Learn More

  • Learn More Vogtle Gets The Green Light - What’s Next? https://www.sierraclub.org/georgia/blog/2018/01/vogtle-gets-green-light-what-s-next
  • $25 Billion Nuclear Projects at Georgia’s Troubled Plant Vogtle to Continue: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nuclear-projects-at-georgias-plant-vogtle-to-continue/ Nuclear
  • Watch South Demands Investigation into Possible Engineering MalPractice at Vogtle 3 and 4: http://www.nonukesyall.org/Vogtle.html