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Action: Say NO to an Additional $2 Billion for Vogtle

2-14-2013-2-50-06-pm1Breaking: Hearing to Approve An Additional $2 Billion On Vogtle

On Tuesday, December 6 the Public Service Commission considered all the costs spent-to-date (~$3.68 billion) on Plant Vogtle reactors 3&4 and whether to pre-approve an additional $2 billion in yet-to-be-spent capital costs. This was the only public hearing on the Vogtle prudency review.

The PSC needs to hear you communicate that this is unacceptable.

Please contact the PSC Commissioners directly, before they issue a decision on December 20, 2016. Make sure to reference "Docket# 29849 - the Vogtle Supplemental Information Report." You can access their email addresses and phone numbers. You can access their email addresses and phone numbers here.

We couldn't state it better than our good friend, Sara Barczac, at Southern Alliance for Clean Energy:

Despite having only 36 percent of construction complete more than seven years into the project the two water-intensive, under-construction Vogtle nuclear reactors are now likely 45-months delayed and Georgia Power's estimated costs have increased by nearly $2 billion. 

Ratepayers have been shouldering significant costs for this risky project and the once-projected "benefits" have completely disappeared. Since 2011, over $1.8 billion has been collected from Georgia Power customers for financing costs charged in advance due to anti-consumer state legislation. 

Now a proposed settlement offers Georgia Power a sweetheart deal for bungling the project - Vogtle's costs will increase significantly and the majority of the burden will fall on the Company's customers, not shareholders.

The PSC Commissioners need to hear from Georgia Power customers about their opposition to this proposed deal. Find docket #29849 here and additional information here."

Although the PSC only considers cost and ratepayer concerns, we at Georgia WAND believe that Plant Vogtle has a compounded environmental impact as well. It pulls in water contaminated by Savannah River Site nuclear weapons complex, and releases it at thermonuclear temperatures, exacerbating an ecosystem already saturated with elevated levels of radioactive contaminants.

Please write to or call the Public Service Commisioners. Share your thoughts and feelings about this boondoggle with the five men who have the power to pull the plug / get it under control / or at least demonstrate that Georgia residents don't want contribute to it.

Questions? Contact Becky at becky@georgiawand.org 404-524-5999. Thank you.

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