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Florida Greens challenge Levy County nuclear plant

Craig Pittman of the St. Petersburg Times recently reported that the Green Party of Florida, along with allied groups, successfully gained legal standing to challenge the federal permit of a new nuclear plant in Levy County. This means that planners of the nuke plant will need to address issues with the ecological impact of the plant, such as where to store the radioactive waste.

Progress Energy’s plans for its new Levy County nuclear plant hit another potential roadblock Wednesday when an arm of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled that the Green Party of Florida and two other groups can challenge the plant’s federal permit.

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Ohio Green Party publishes GreenBeat

Editor’s note: Dennis Spisak is co-editor of GreenBeat and Green Party Watch’s newest writer. The full text of GreenBeat can be found by clicking on this article’s headline.

GreenBeat April 25, 2009
In this Issue …

Americans Overwhelmingly Support Clean Energy Economy – Dennis Spisak
Bad Dreams and Earth Day – Anita Rios
National call for “FIRST FRIDAY Actions to demand good jobs for all NOW!” – Logan Martinez
Ohio Green Party Co-Convener Elected Chairperson of Toledo NOW – Anita Rios

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Illinois Greens Blast Move to Repeal Nuclear Moratorium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday, April 2, 2009

GREENS BLAST LEGISLATIVE MOVE TO REPEAL NUCLEAR MORATORIUM; CALL ATTEMPT AN EFFORT TO UNDERMINE RENEWABLE ENERGY

Green Party leaders condemned legislative attempts to repeal the Illinois moratorium against new nuclear production. House Bill 875 and Senate Bill 2162 would delete the provision in state law prohibiting the construction of new nuclear facilities until the nuclear waste storage issue is resolved.

“Nuclear power is bad for the economy, bad for the environment, and bad for the people of Illinois,” said Phil Huckelberry, Illinois Green Party Chair. “We need to be phasing out nuclear production. It is completely irresponsible for legislators to champion it.”
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The Green Party, Nuclear Power, and Party Discipline

Is the Green Party too rigid in its opposition to nuclear power? Is nuclear power a safe alternative to fossil fuel? Are the Green Party concerns about the long term (seven generations) impact of nuclear power more important than the short term energy consumption needs of today’s generation?

Based on the interest in this story last week, I felt compelled to post this interesting story out of the UK. A Green Party Candidate for Parliament is finding himself in hot water for suggesting that atomic energy might have a role in fighting climate change. From The Independent:

Chris Goodall, prospective parliamentary candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon, upset many party members with his assertion in yesterday’s Independent that atomic energy has a role to play in the fight against climate change. Mr Goodall was one of four prominent environmentalists disclosed as having had a change of heart about the nuclear issue, having moved from an anti-nuclear stance to believing that atomic power is a necessary part of the energy mix in the struggle to cut carbon emissions and halt global warming.
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Florida Green Party Files Petition Opposing New Nuclear Power Plant

Green Party files Petition to Intervene in NRC licensing of Levy County Nuclear Plant,joins Nuclear Information and Resource Service to challenge deficiencies in Progress Energy Combined Operating License Application (COLA)

Gainesville, FL — On February 6, 2009 the Green Party of Florida (GPF, http://www.floridagreens.org) joined with the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS, http://www.nirs.org) and the Ecology Party to file a legal challenge to a new nuclear power plant proposed by Progress Energy Florida (PEF) for a site in Levy County, near Inglis, Florida.

The filing is a formal Petition to Intervene in the NRC’s licensing process for nuclear power plants, the latest in a series of such actions taken by NIRS and other groups nationwide to protect the health and safety of the public and the natural resources that are placed at risk by this industry. The interventions by parties with standing, which must follow rules established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), are intended to stop these nuclear boondoggles before construction work starts and millions of dollars are wasted.
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Not Green, but green

Almost all of what you read here is about Greens. Very occasionally we go into “small g” green subjects, but they are few and far between, in large part because there are so many green sites, and so few Green sites.

Even so, I believe each of you will want to take a look below the fold to read the article. Why? Because the members of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board are planning to hold hearings…get this…via conference call! Just how are we supposed to be OK with that? Continue Reading