Monday, March 21, 2005

Mayor Makes Pitch for New Nuclear Plant

Oswego, New York Mayor John Gosek wants to bring a new nuclear power plant to his city:

He said he wants to get the city, county, and other interests such as local unions together to "become proactive" and encourage the company to bring the project, and the jobs that would come with it, to Oswego County.

"These economic times are difficult, so let's try to get these guys," Gosek said. "I don't know what we've got to lose. Worst thing we can say about it is 'no,' right?"

Nine Mile Point in Scriba is home to three nuclear plants. Two reactors, Nine Mile Point 1 and 2, are run Baltimore-based Constellation Energy. The third, James A. FitzPatrick plant, is owned by New Orleans-based Entergy.

"We desperately could use a nuclear plant," said Gosek. "We have a workforce here that's built three of them. Let's try to bring it to Oswego."

The Oswego City Administrative Service Committee is scheduled to discuss the mayor's proposition tonight. They will meet immediately after the city physical services committee at 7 p.m.

For more on the NuStart Consortium, as well as the other two industry groups working together on new nuclear capacity, click here. To read more about Nine Mile Point and Fitzpatrick plants, click here.

3 comments:

VACornell said...

Dear Mayor:
Good luck to you..!
I note there are very few reactors west of the mIssissippi.
There are four in CA in two locations.
How can I get interest going here in adding a reactor at each location?
Thanks for your help..!
Vern

RMargolis said...

Well, the good news is that San Onofre was originally designed with four reactors in mind versus two. The bad news is that California state law bans new nuclear until a repository is built. Still, the laws may change if natural gas and oil prices continue to rise.

Anonymous said...

I figure the lack of nuclear capacity in the West is the low population and the abundant coal and hydro resources?

Diablo Canyon is by the way one of the prettiest plants in the US.

I think functionalism sadly is the dominating style when it comes to nuke plants. Would it be so hard to make them a little prettier? Some blue paint on the pressure dome, maybe some pretty symbol, silver stars maybe? Or the atom symbol, the one with electrons spinning around a nucleus?

Think how pretty the Taiwanese nuke plant Lungmen ("Dragon Gate") could be? Red dome, with golden dragon in a vortex on it.

The EPR in Finland will look pretty good, but the models of the AP-1000 look awful. Who wants to have an ugly nuke plant in his backyard? I much prefer a pretty one.

Ah well, to many engineers and to few artists in the nuclear business. ;)