Public Vogtle Hearings Start This Monday

Join Georgia WAND and our partners in Atlanta to oppose nuclear power Plant Vogtle’s expansion currently underway through the construction of reactor units 3 & 4. The Public Service Commission is holding public hearings on in advance of the 17th semi-annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring Report in December, and this is a great opportunity to have your voice heard.

Members of the public will have three minutes each in the morning before the full hearing and potentially again after lunch. There will be many people talking, including Southern Company CEO’s who have been invited. Please come early and sign up.

This fall, the Public Service Commission will make a final decision about whether or not to continue the plant’s expansion, which is far over budget and off schedule. Georgia WAND has been working hard to fight this expansion for nearly a decade, so please join us in the last stretch this fall! After these hearings, we will encourage you to join us for the December 11-14 hearings.

Talking Points
Georgia WAND has held the line about the grave public concern about increased distribution of toxic pollutants in the air and water if Vogtle units 3 and 4 come online. More radiation in circulation in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), especially Burke County and Shell Bluff, which is in the immediate footprint, will dissolve local communities.
Georgia WAND has been a steadfast watchdog regarding radiation in the area, first around nuclear weapons plant Savannah River Site (SRS), and later the Vogtle towers. There’s already too much radiation in the community. Two more towers would mean a lot of radioactive material in one small area. You can see the towers of Vogtle from the welcome office of SRS. Even if you’re in favor of nuclear power, the sheer concentration of radioactive material and how it’s affecting local communities should be a warning sign.
Instead of investing our CWIP fees and federal taxes in bailing out Vogtle’s new construction, we’d like to see resources going toward renewable energy and ensuring quality, well-paid jobs, job training, relocation, robust severance packages, school and childcare subsidization, and other support for local plant workers who will be displaced after construction is completed and others who will be displaced if the Commissioners decide to pull the plug on this public health and ratepayer nightmare.

The tie between nuclear energy and nuclear weapons should alarm people who favor furthering diplomacy and ending public investment in perpetuating systemic violence. And we fear the effects of climate change on the nuclear industry and how Georgians will be affected by it. If you agree with any of these points, please join Georgia WAND in our efforts to stop new nuclear construction in Georgia and contact GA’s five GA Public Service Commissioners with your opinion. Please contact the commissioners with your opinions in advance:

Georgia Public Service Commissioners
STAN WISE:, 404-657-4574
TIM ECHOLS:, 404-463-0214
DOUG EVERETT:, 404-453-6746

CHUCK EATON: 404-657-2020

Join us next week! Sign up to speak before the hearing. Your comments will be entered into the record. Feel free to bring printed copies of your message.
WHAT: Public hearings on Vogtle units 3 & 4
WHEN: November 6 at 10:00am, 11/7 at 9:00am, 11/8 at 9:00am and 11/9 at 9:00am
WHERE: Georgia Public Service Commission, 244 Washington Street, SW, Atlanta 30334
There is a press conference / rally being held at 9:15am on Monday Nov. 6 in front of the PSC building sponsored by Nuclear Watch South, Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace, and Aging Raging Ratepayers (ARRP).
For more information, contact Becky Rafter at