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Thursday
Oct212010

Beyond Nuclear challenges twenty year license extension of the Seabrook nuclear power plant with the renewable energy renaissance

Beyond Nuclear has partnered with the New Hampshire Sierra Club and the New Hampshire Seacoast Anti-Pollution League to intervene before the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to oppose the relicensing of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant on the New Hampshire Seacoast (scene of large protests in the 1970s and '80s as pictured).

Florida Power & Light has submitted its application to relicense the nuke 20-years in advance of Seabrook's current operating license expiration date in 2030 in an effort to ignore the renewable energy renaissance and dodge its responsibilities under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) to evaluate  energy alternatives that are less harmful to the environment. 

Beyond Nuclear wants a fair and accurate assessment of the region's renewable energy potential and the inclusion of current plans for the advancement of clean, safe and renewable energy as an alternative to an additional 20-years of dirty, dangerous and expensive nuclear power from the Seabrook nuke. 

In fact, Florida Power & Light  omitted numerous significant current events, scientific analyses and expert documents, as well state and federal agreements to responsibly advance the generation and transmission of electricity for the region through interconnected offshore and deepwater wind turbine farms located 10 to 50 miles off the coast. Among the company’s many omissions are the specific collaborative plans by the State Maine and the US Department of Energy to be generating five (5) Gigawatts of offshore wind energy within the Gulf of Maine by the requested relicensing period of 2030.   

A copy of Beyond Nuclear's legal filing to the NRC can be viewed here along with the 21 exhibits of scientific papers, expert evaluations and current events documenting the advent of the deepwater wind contribution to the renewable energy renaissance.