Virginia Power drops out
of Plutonium Fuel Consortium
April 7, 2000 - Virginia Power has announced
that it's dropping its plans to burn Plutonium
fuel at its North Anna Nuclear Power Plant in
Louisa County, Virginia.
Jim Norvelle, a Virginia Power spokesman, said
the company has notified the U.S. Department of
Energy and the Duke Cogema Stone & Webster
consortium that it is withdrawing from the
Earlier this year, Dominion Resources, the
parent company of Virginia Power, merged with
Consolidated Natural Gas Co. of Pittsburgh.
Norvelle, quoted in the Richmond
Times-Dispatch April 8, 2000 edition, said
"the project doesn't fit with the company's
The amount of plutonium available for the
Plutonium Fuel project has been reduced from 33
tons to 25 tons.
Duke Energy has said it will stay in the
Plutonium fuel program. Duke plans to use the
fuel at its McGuire and Catawba Nuclear plants.
A shareholder vote on Duke's use of the new
fuel, Proposal 4, will be tallied at Duke
Energy's annual meeting on April 20, 2000. With
very short notice, 7 percent of shareholders
opposed the plan last year.
Times-Dispatch April 8, 2000 story
Charlotte Observer April 8, 2000 story
selects Duke Energy & Va. Power to
"burn" MOx fuel