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Nuclear power is a risky and expensive way to boil water to generate electricity. Though nuclear power plants do not release carbon dioxide like coal plants, they do release radioactive and hazardous materials, including long-lived, highly radioactive waste, that threaten our security, jeopardize our health and pollute our natural resources. The consequences of an accident, such as the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, or terrorist attack at a nuclear power plant could be devastating. Nuclear reactors are also incredibly water intensive, depleting limited and precious water resources. Building new nuclear plants to address global warming would be a waste of valuable time and money, given the many more effective and affordable energy choices available.

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St. Lucie Unit 2 Safety and Consumer Concerns

With over 1 million people living within 50 miles of Florida Power & Light's (FPL) St. Lucie Unit 2 nuclear reactor near Fort Pierce, and about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) believes there are serious safety concerns that must be more closely scrutinized. Independent experts hired by SACE have learned that for six years, FPL…

Federal Subsidies for Nuclear Power

Government subsidies for energy industries –whether for oil, coal, nuclear or renewable energy sources – are typically intended to help nascent industries or businesses get a toehold in the marketplace without extending excessive initial capital. In reality, though, subsidies often become an expected source of financial support, especially for the producers themselves ultimately locking in dirty energy profits and falsely altering the markets. While…

Overview of Proposed Vogtle Reactors in Georgia

SACE Press Release: Energy Department Finalizes $6.5 Billion in Vogtle Loan Guarantees -- Keeps Taxpayers in the Dark Over Risks Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (and former Campaign for a Prosperous Georgia & Georgians for Clean Energy) has a long history challenging Plant Vogtle in Burke County, Georgia along the Savannah River. That involvement continues as we challenge the proposed expansion at the state…

Overview of Florida’s New Nuclear Reactor Proposals

Ongoing: Learn about safety and consumer concerns at FPL's St. Lucie Unit 2 nuclear reactor News: PSC Commissioners Fail to Protect Consumers -- Again Approve Advanced Cost Recovery for FPL's Nuclear Pursuits & related SACE blog post SACE's involvement in advancing a clean energy future for Florida goes back many years, but in 2006 our work took a new turn as the Florida State…

Small Modular Reactors

What is a small modular reactor (SMR)? If you ask the non-profit, non-partisan taxpayer watchdog group, Taxpayers for Common Sense, SMRs are a taxpayer boondoggle. In fact, in February 2013 they awarded "The Golden Fleece" to the Department of Energy for federal spending on small modular reactors. But according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), small modular reactors are new reactor designs, not yet…

Energy & Water In a Warming World Report

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy along with partners across the Southeast are working with the Union of Concerned Scientists through the Energy & Water in a Warming World Initiative (EW3) to highlight the energy water nexus. In July 2013, the EW3 initiative, led by the Union of Concerned Scientists, released a dynamic new report, Water-Smart Power: Strengthening the U.S. Electricity System in a…

Continuing Coverage of Japan’s Nuclear Crisis

JOIN US on April 29, 2014 for a webinar with co-authors of the new book, "Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster" Three years have now passed since the tragic Fukushima nuclear disaster occurred in Japan. The ongoing situation is far from stable and it may be years before this dangerous situation is brought under control. The nuclear crisis in Japan is affecting the…

Federal Subsidies for High Risk Energy

In theory, government energy subsidies - whether for oil, coal, nuclear or renewable energy sources - are intended to help the poor by lowering the price. In reality, though, subsidies often benefit the wealthy, especially the producers themselves and pave the way to dirty energy. While some 'smart' subsidies, such as targeted tax breaks, financial incentives or other market mechanisms may benefit the economy…

Overview of Nuclear Plants in the Southeast

Nuclear power is a risky and expensive way to boil water to generate electricity. Though nuclear power plants do not release carbon dioxide like coal plants, they do release radioactive and hazardous materials, including long-lived, highly radioactive waste, that threaten our security, jeopardize our health and pollute our natural resources. The consequences of an accident or terrorist attack at a nuclear power plant could…

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CNN Report – Citizens of Shell Bluff

This in-depth CNN news report documents local citizens' concerns with the proposal to build two new nuclear reactors at Southern Company's Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Georgia and highlights the health concerns the Shell Bluff community faces. The community is concerned about high rates of cancer, among other issues, and questions whether new reactors will add to their burden.