Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League

Former BREDL Executive Director Janet Marsh stands next to BREDL's mock nuclear
waste cask.

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Duke Energy files Request to Cancel
W.S. Lee Nuclear Project

On December 13, 2007 Duke Energy applied to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to build and operate two nuclear plants on the Broad River near Gaffney, South Carolina. The application is for two Westinghouse AP1000 Pressurized Water Reactors designated William States Lee III Nuclear Station Units 1 & 2. On June 27, 2008, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, on behalf of its members in South Carolina, filed a legal petition to intervene opposing the power plant before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. On August 11, 2011, the League filed additional arguments subsequent to the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima. On December 19, 2016, Duke Energy was granted a Combined License from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to construct and operate two AP1OOO units.

UPDATE: On August 25, 2017, Duke Energy, citing Westinghouse's recent bankruptcy, filed a request to cancel the W.S. Lee Nuclear Project. In its filing, Duke Energy stated, "It is unlikely the Company will be able to construct and commence operation of the Project before the end of the next decade. These recent events support the conclusion that the Project, as originally contemplated, should be cancelled in the best interest of customers."

Duke Energy Filing

“Plant Vogtle: A Nuclear Disaster Waiting to Happen”

Aug. 15, 2017: On Wednesday and Thursday, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League will hold a series of public forums in Atlanta and Augusta detailing the unsafe conditions at the nuclear power plants now under construction at Plant Vogtle. The meetings will feature Arnold Gundersen, a certified nuclear power plant engineer and a long-time critic of the Westinghouse AP1000 reactors.

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The League comments on Emergency Preparedness for Small Modular Reactors and Other New Technologies

June 27, 2017: “First-of-a-kind” means that such a nuclear power device has never been built before; it is an experimental design, untested. This alone should close the deregulatory discussion of having emergency planning zones which do not extend outside the plant fence line.

BREDL Comments

BREDL sends Hearing Request and Petition to Intervene to NRC regarding TVA Clinch River Early Site Permitting

June 13, 2017: Reduce global warming? Improve energy security? Neither of these goals is advanced by the siting of modular nukes at the Clinch River Nuclear Site.

BREDL Petition

BREDL & Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff Present
Safe, Clean Power Proposal to Burke County, GA

June 2, 2017: Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff advise Burke County Development Authority to request an update on the Toshiba-Westinghouse bankruptcy and its potential impacts on the partially constructed Vogtle nuclear power plants. We also to request that no additional cost increases will be passed along to Burke County ratepayers for this failed nuclear endeavor.

BREDL Letter

The League submits scoping comments on the EIS for the
proposed early site permit at Clinch River.

May 15, 2017: Tennessee Valley Authority seeks to justify its plans for Clinch River on better energy security and reduced global warming. But its plan for small modular nuclear power plants satisfies neither of these goals; in fact, it takes the nation in the opposite direction.

BREDL Comments to NRC

The League comments on DOE's Request for Information on Private Initiatives for Consolidated Interim Storage Facilities

Jan. 27, 2017: The Department of Energy request contemplates pilot-scale and large-scale facilities. The DOE pointedly refers to potential host and nearby communities, private operators and existing nuclear waste facility operators responding to this Request for Information. The Department’s integrated waste management systems include both pilot interim storage facilities and much larger consolidated interim storage facilities.

BREDL Comments

The League files Appeal of Plant Vogtle Decision

Oct. 11, 2016: Hydrogen created during an accident in a nuclear power plant can explode. Hydrogen igniters are supposed to burn the gas before it reaches dangerous levels. But rather than performing a rigorous analysis as required by federal law and common sense, Southern Nuclear chose to modify its design by adding two hydrogen igniters in a “likely area” based on personal “judgment” of its engineers. Reliance on engineering judgment instead of rigorous testing and analysis creates uncertainty and compromises plant safety.

BREDL Appeal

EPA has proposed to significantly raise the allowable levels of radioactivity in drinking water following nuclear accidents.

July 16, 2016: We oppose any weakening of drinking water standards for radioactivity. The Safe Drinking Water Act limits should be complied with. The Protective Action Guides should do what they are supposed to do: provide protective action guidance for authorities on how to treat contaminated water or provide alternative drinking water supplies.

Comment Deadline is July 25, 2016!
Please see Fact Sheet for details.

BREDL Fact Sheet

BREDL comments on Dept. of Energy Invitation for
Public Comment to Inform the Design of a
Consent-based Siting Process.

June 14, 2016: BREDL responds to the Invitation for Public Comment; specifically, to share our views on why concept of "informed consent" is so problematic with regard to radioactive waste policy.

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BREDL & Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff File Reply to NRC

June 3, 2016: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and chapter Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff filed their reply to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in an ongoing battle against a license amendment at Plant Vogtle which would increase the potential risk of hydrogen fire and explosion, causing damage to the community living in the shadow of nuclear power plants in Burke County, Georgia.


League Files New Safety Lawsuit
Against Plant Vogtle Construction

May 12, 2016: Today BREDL and the Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff announced a challenge to a license amendment at Plant Vogtle which would increase the potential risk of hydrogen fire and explosion, causing damage to the containment structures of two nuclear power plants now being constructed in Burke County, Georgia. Unaccountably, four years elapsed before the company informed NRC of this risk.

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BREDL Fact Sheet: Small Modular Reactors

April 2016: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expecting an application for a site permit from the Tennessee Valley Authority to build a new type of nuclear powered electric generating plant near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The application is expected on or before May 12, 2016. BREDL staff and volunteers attended the NRC’s recent public meeting about the project and is working with local residents who are concerned about TVA’s plans.

BREDL Fact Sheet

BREDL and our chapter Bellefonte Efficiency and Sustainability Team/Mothers Against Tennessee River Radiation propose to the TVA Board to direct TVA to withdraw its Combined License Application for
Bellefonte 3 and 4 nuclear reactors

Feb. 10, 2016: The Tennessee Valley Authority is wasting tens of millions of dollars annually propping up its twice abandoned Bellefonte plant. Truly, it is a zombie reactor. It is time to face the facts. Today, we presented a fiscal analysis revealing fractured accounting and the staggering debt load which nuclear power has saddled onto TVA, evidence favoring withdrawal of the license application at Bellefonte.

BREDL Statement to TVA Board

BREDL & Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff respond to Southern Nuclear and the NRC on the Plant Vogtle petition to intervene

Jan. 11, 2016: In our legal brief filed January 11, 2016, BREDL and its chapter Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff have demonstrated that safety margins have been reduced at the nuclear reactors now under construction in Waynesboro, Georgia. Southern Company's failure to obtain a license amendment at Plant Vogtle prior to implementing the changes is a violation of federal regulations.

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