Nuclear Power History

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

Center president Norris McDonald toured the San Onofre nuclear power plant on July 6, 2005. 

San Onofre is a beautiful facility located north of San Diego on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. 

Units 2 and 3 provide enough power for approximately 2 million homes. 

No smog forming or greenhouse gases are emitted from the plant.

San Onofre uses Pacific Ocean water to cool process steam from the generating station. 

The decommissioning of Unit 1 was also interesting. 

San Onofre was at its location before Highway 5 was built right behind the facility. 

San Onofre is owned and operated by Southern California Edison. 

Clinton Nuclear Power Plant

The blue superstructure (pictured at right) around the actual containment provides an additional layer of protection and emission control. The same type of blue superstructure also covers the generation building.

CfECE has participated in the three Early Site Permit (ESP) hearings sponsored by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). AAEA also attended the Combined Operating License (COL) meeting between Duke Power and NRC. Descriptions of these activities are below.

Exelon is the nation's largest nuclear operator, with 18 reactors in Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.  

Michael Stuart, Delbert Horn, Sandy McDonald, Norris McDonald, Kelly Taylor

Michael Stuart, Delbert Horn, Sandy McDonald, Norris McDonald, Kelly Taylor

CfECE & NA-YGN Travel To Clinton, Illinois To Support Exelon ESP At NRC Hearing. CfECE President Norris McDonald and his son Sandy McDonald, along with representatives of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN), traveled by car from Virginia to Clinton in DeWitt County, Illinois to rally in favor of an Early Site Permit for Exelon's proposal to build a new nuclear power plant next to its current facility.  They were joined by dozens of other NA-YGN members and almost 200 supporters from the local community.

They drove 13 hours in a van from Virginia to Clinton, Illinois and then drove 13 hours back to Virginia.

The hearing was held on April 19, 2005.

McDonald, Delbert Horn, Howard King, Michael Stuart, Kelly Taylor in dosimetry area

McDonald, Delbert Horn, Howard King, Michael Stuart, Kelly Taylor in dosimetry area


The CfECE/NA-YGN contingent toured the Clinton Power Station.  It is a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) and the Radiological Control Area (RCA) includes the turbine building.  After being issued dosimetry, they took a tour of the station, including a view of the fuel building, turbine building, and inside the containment dome (at power) where they could see the top of the reactor vessel covered with water. Howard King (pictured at left-center) conducted the tour.

The NRC hearing on the draft environmental impact statement on Exelon General Company's Early Site Permit request was held at Clinton Junior High School. Exelon filed an application on September 25, 2003 for an Early Site Permit, pursuant to Title 10 Code of the Federal Regulations Part 52 (10CFR part 52). Iif approved, the permit will give Exelon up to 20 years to decide whether to build one or more nuclear plants on the site and to file an application with the NRC for approval to begin construction. Approximately 300 people attended the hearing and the majority of them were in favor of Clinton's ESP.  AAEA and NA-YGN distributed 153 "Nuclear YES! Because We Care About the Air" stickers that made it very easy to identify the pro-nuclear people in attendance.  Unfortunately, not everyone who wanted one was able to get one.

Approximately 20 speakers opposed and 24 speakers favored the Clinton's ESP.

Norris McDonald Speaking at NRC Hearing in Clinton, Illinois

Norris McDonald Speaking at NRC Hearing in Clinton, Illinois

North Anna

The Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy has participated in the three Early Site Permit (ESP) hearings sponsored by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). AAEA also attended the Combined Operating License (COL) meeting between Duke Power and NRC. Descriptions of these activities are below.

McDonald at North Anna nuclear power plant

McDonald at North Anna nuclear power plant

NRC Hearing For New Plant at North Anna Power Station

February 17, 2005 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held a hearing on the draft environmental impact statement for Dominion's early site permit to build a new nuclear power plant or plants at its current facility. The hearing was in Mineral, Virginia. Dominion Resources Inc., a utility based in Richmond, Va, applied for an early site permit, which would provide the company an option to consider new nuclear generation among other generating options in the future at North Anna Power Station, in September 2003.  AAEA attended the hearing and made a brief statement.  AAEA supports building two new nuclear power plants at the Dominion site.

At the meeting, the NRC explained the results of its draft environmental impact statement and accepted comments from the floor. The NRC, in announcing the public meeting late last year, stated it had reached a preliminary conclusion that the environmental impacts would not prevent issuing an early site permit for North Anna. If the permit is approved, the company would have up to 20 years to decide whether to build one or more nuclear reactors there.  The NRC will issue a final environmental impact statement after the public comment period, which ends March 1, 2005.

Grand Gulf

AAEA participated in NRC meetings on the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station Unit 3 on three occassions: June 2005, February 2008 and June 2008.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held two public environmental scoping meetings at the Port Gibson City Hall in Port Gibson, Mississippi on June 19, 2008. The meetings are part of NRC's review of an application submitted by Entergy Operations Inc (EOI) for a combined license (COL) for construction and operation of a new nuclear power plant at it Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (GGNS) site in Claiborne County, Mississippi. The first meeting was held at 1 p.m. and the second meeting was held at 7 p.m. The NRC presented an overview of the COL environmental review process and described how the process will be implemented for the review of the GGNS COL application. The Center participated in the meetings (see videos below).

The proposed new reactor, designated GGNS Unit 3, would be located within a 2,100 acre site, situated approximately 6 miles northwest of Port Gibson, Mississippi. EOI currently operates one reactor, GGNS Unit 1 on the site and plans to construct Unit 3 adjacent to the existing reactor. Plans for a unit 2 never happened, but to avoid confusion, the proposed unit is being designated Unit 3. The construction site cleared for GGNS Unit 3 covrs approximately 234 acres within EOI's 2,100 acre site.

EOI submitted the application for the COL by letter dated February 27, 2008. The application was accepted for docketing on April 24, 2008. The application is liste under NRC's Agencywide Documents Access Management System (ADAMS)under accession number ML080640433. 

In addition, roughly 30 NRC staffers visited Mississippi to gather data at Grand Gulf on June 16 and met with the New Plant organization June 17 through June 18.

The NRC cannot issue a combined license for Grand Gulf Unit 3 without first certifying that the Economic Simplified Bowling Water Reactor (ESBWR) design, which is currently under review, meets NRC regulations.

The Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy (CfECE) presented testimony at the June 29, 2005 Early Site Permit (ESP) hearing in Port Gibson, Mississippi. AAEA has participated in four other ESP hearings (Grand Gulf, North Anna, Clinton, Illinois, Calvert Cliffs) sponsored by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The Center also attended the Combined Operating License (COL) meeting for Duke Power at NRC headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. Descriptions of these activities are below.

June 28, 2005

 

February 28, 2008

February 28, 2008

The NRC issued its final environmental impact statement on the proposed early site permit (ESP) for the Grand Gulf site in Mississippi. The NRC found no environmental impacts that would prevent issuing an ESP for the site.

Mayor Arnold & Norris McDonald

Mayor Arnold & Norris McDonald

Entergy Corp. of New Orleans is looking at building a nuclear plant near Port Gibson, Mississippi. The NRC DEIS hearing was held on June28, 2005. AAEA presented testimony at the hearing. The City of Port Gibson and surrounding Claiborne County in Mississippi voted unanimously on December 2004 to urge the Entergy Corporation, which already operates one reactor here, to build a second. Amelda J. Arnold, the city's mayor, city aldermen, County Board of Supervisors and County NAACP all support a new plant. This support is the exact opposite of that in New York, where town and county governments are trying to close two Entergy reactors at Indian Point in Westchester County. Predominantly white (71%) Westchester County in New York opposes their plant while predominantly black (85%) Claiborne County in Mississippi supports their plant. Both nuclear power plants are owned by Entergy.

Overlooking control room at Grand Gulf

Overlooking control room at Grand Gulf

 

Center staff Derry Bigby and Joe Downey accompanied the Center president Norris McDonald to Port Gibson, Mississippi to scope the area and participate in the NRC ESP hearing. Bigby and McDonald toured the Grand Gulf nuclear power plant and met with company officials. They also met with County Administrator James E. Miller and Jim Johnson, Community Development & Outreach Director for the Board of Supervisors.