NRC blocks expansion of Texas nuke over ownership issue

The Dallas Morning News reported last Thursday:

Plans to build two new reactors at the South Texas Project nuclear facility outside Bay City hit a road block Tuesday.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled that a partnership between NRG and Toshiba Corp. through the holding company Nuclear Innovation North America violated a U.S law prohibiting foreign control of nuclear power plants.

“At this point NINA from our perspective is foreign owned, controlled or dominated,” said NRC spokesman Scott Burnell.

“Until such time as NINA can come up with a different corporate ownership structure we would not be able to approve their license.”

The decision is a victory for opponents of the expansion, including the Austin-based Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition. SEED’s Executive Director Karen Hadden said in a press release:

This NRC notice is great for us as opponents of two proposed reactors at the South Texas Project. We hope that we’ll soon see clean, safe energy developed in Texas instead of dangerous nuclear power. We must prevent Fukushima style disasters from happening here.

Here’s a link to the Morning News report: http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2013/04/nrc-shoots-down-texas-nuclear-plant-expansion.html/

And here’s a link to the SEED press release: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases-test/foreign-ownership-could-halt-licensing-of-south-texas-project-nuclear-reactors-nrc-says-nina-doesnt-meet-their-requirements-205654341.html

 

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About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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