Nuke plant foes get four more reasons to intervene

Opponents of the expansion of the South Texas Project nuclear power plant near Bay City have four more reasons to intervene in the project, a federal panel has ruled.
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel ruled that the company planning to build two more reactors at the project failed to adequately analyze the environmental impacts of radioactive contaminated water and water availability, issues raised by the groups in their petition to Intervene.
The group was given the OK to intervene on one other point at the end of August and was waiting to hear on these points.
Karen Hadden, Executive Director of the SEED Coalition, one of the Intervenors, said in a release the group now have a total of five admissible contentions “… with seven contentions related to fires and explosions and losses of large areas of the plant still pending. The licensing process is likely to be delayed as a result of additional contentions.”
Of course delaying the project, with an eye toward driving up project costs, is a goal of the group. The high cost could make it less likely the public utility partners, namely CPS Energy, will continue to support it. It turns out CPS is looking to reduce its stake in the project.
STP spokesman Buddy Eller said the reason that there was less detail in the filing on the water issues “is because there are no impacts with the addition of Units 3 and 4. We will provide the requested information and do not anticipate any impacts to the existing schedule.”
Here’s the full text of the ruling:
Memorandum Order Stp 92909