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  • More Nuclear Coming to Florida

    Despite a new study that warns of “staggering costs” for nuclear power, the contracts keep on coming. The Pittsburgh-Tribune Review reports,

    Westinghouse Electric Co. said Monday it signed a $7.65 billion deal to build two nuclear reactors in Florida — its third such contract in nine months. With 30 new reactors proposed for the United States in the coming years, Monroeville-based Westinghouse has hired 4,000 new staffers since 2004, and is on track to hire 500 more annually for the foreseeable future, said spokesman Vaughn Gilbert. It now employs 11,000 people worldwide, including 4,000 in Western Pennsylvania. A move into new headquarters in Cranberry begins this summer.”

    We’ve said it here a number of times, it shouldn’t be to the discretion of policymakers to decide the fate of nuclear power one way or the other. It shouldn’t be the government’s role to step in to artificially distort the market with more subsidies, loan guarantees, tax credits, etc. It’s also not the role of the government to tell companies it’s too expensive to build nuclear power plants. That decision should be left to those who reap the profits or suffer the losses.

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    3 Responses to More Nuclear Coming to Florida

    1. Russ Dallen Sr, Detr says:

      Nuclear power is here. The problem is nuclear waste. Idea, why not dump nuclear waste and garbage in volcanoes? It may be a possible solution to the problem. It all came from the ground, why not return it to the ground?

      Glad to see our new president wants to modernize our electric distrubition system. President Eisenhower suggested this as a

      national grid system in 1953, but it had to wait till the national highway system was completed. With computer switching and safeguards one state taking down others would be avoided.

    2. Audrey Sutton,Pittsb says:

      Have to disagree with putting it into a volcano because of the potential for eruption and resultant contamination. What the country needs to do is look into reprocessing. Why we never have, I don't understand.

    3. Bryan Noah, High Poi says:

      Need further detail on the "reprocessing" of nuclear waste. I certainly agree with not putting it in a volcano!

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