Saturday, April 30, 2011

TEGA CAY | Tega Cay Water Service to continue service | The Herald - Rock Hill, SC

John Marks
"Catawba Riverkeeper David Merryman had appealed two state Department of Health and Environmental Control permits last November.
'The petitioner withdrew the appeal,' said Adam Myrick, DHEC spokesman. 'We have plans to issue the permits on May 1.'
For Tega Cay residents, the permit and appeal process shouldn't result in service interruptions, Myrick said.
'We wouldn't anticipate any type of service being impacted,' he said.
Despite a rash of wastewater spills since his initial appeal, Merryman said the utility has made progress."

V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in South Carolina answers meltdown questions | WCBD-TV 2

Fukushima is a boiling water reactor and in South Carolina we have pressure water reactors,” says Byrne.

In the invent of a reactor leak, he says the pressure system reduces the risk of a meltdown or releasing radioactive steam into the environment.

By CLEVE BRYAN some video courtesy SCE&G

“This pressurizer which is something that boiling water reactors don't have, just maintains the pressure in the reacting cooling system,” Byrne explained during an animation of a breach scenario.

Even though the summer site has strategically- placed backup generators, the next reactors set to open in 2016 and 2019 don't rely on electricity to pump the large amounts of water necessary to prevent a meltdown.

“So it will flow by gravity from here, down into the vessel,” says Byrne.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Despite Bipartisan Support, Nuclear Reactor Projects Falter -

Matthew Wald
"WASHINGTON — In an effort to encourage nuclear power, Congress voted in 2005 to authorize $17.5 billion in loan guarantees for new reactors. Now, six years later, with the industry stalled by poor market conditions and the Fukushima disaster, nearly half of the fund remains unclaimed. And yet Congress, at the request of the Obama administration, is preparing to add $36 billion in nuclear loan guarantees to next year’s budget."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

First phase of VPSA rehab almost done | Local | Aiken Standard | Aiken, SC

 By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer
Those same customers continue to pay for water and sewer under those rates to service the debt taken on for the system repairs, but VPSA may be able to lower them eventually. A former Avondale customer pays, on average, $33 month, according to Smith. An average VPSA customers pays $29.75.

"We told everyone up front the only way we could take it is by using the rates Avondale had approved by the Public Service Commission," Smith said. "We told them we can't pass on the expense to our existing customers."

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Columbia Regional Business Report | Columbia, SC

"Friends of the Earth and the S.C. Chapter of the Sierra Club have filed a formal petition with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to halt the licensing review of the V.C. Summer project of S.C. Electric and Gas Co."

Monday, April 25, 2011

SCE&G to donate to renewable energy program - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

"South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. said in a news release Monday that it will contribute up to $2,500 to the nonprofit group that is a collaborative effort among Duke Energy Carolinas, Progress Energy Carolinas and SCE&G. The power companies' customers can donate to the organization as well."

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Chernobyl studies put USC scientist in demand - Education -

"National media have come calling — The Washington Post, CNN and The Wall Street Journal, among others — and he is in demand to speak at prestigious conferences. Last winter, Mousseau was picked to be on a national commission studying whether radiation from U.S. nuclear power plants is causing cancer among people who live near the reactors."

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