This morning's edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has a short piece reporting that the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League is moving to block the construction of a third reactor at North Anna in Virginia in the wake of the August earthquake on the East coast.
Here's what the folks at Dominion Virginia Power have to say about the action:
Dominion Virginia Power, owner of two nuclear reactors at the North Anna plant, said the earthquake has no bearing on the licensing of a third unit, which would be built to a seismic standard more than four times that of the existing units.I can't help but shake my head every time I read something from the folks at BREDL. From my experience, they're just not credible, something we've pointed out here at NEI Nuclear Notes in a number of instances:
"We have worked through the seismic requirements for Unit 3," utility spokesman Rick Zuercher said Thursday night. "They're stringent and would have well withstood what happened at North Anna with the existing units."
While the ground vibration from the quake exceeded design limits for the two existing reactors, the utility said the plant suffered no significant damage.
- Playing Fast and Loose With the Data, December 2005
- More Anti-Nuke Half-Truths About North Anna, August 2006
- When BREDL Makes Claims, Be Sure to Check the Data, June 2007