BLUE RIDGE ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE LEAGUE
PO Box 88 ~
Glendale Springs, North Carolina 28629 ~ Phone
(336) 982-2691 ~ Fax (336) 982-2954 ~ Email:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 31, 2009
Louis Zeller (336) 982-2691 office, (336)
Louise Gorenflo (931) 484-2633
James Dougherty (202) 488-1140
GROUP TAKES BELLEFONTE FIGHT TO A HIGHER COURT
Yesterday the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense
League filed a Petition for Review in the US Court of Appeals of
the Bellefonte nuclear power plant in Alabama. The League seeks
judicial review of the Nuclear Regulatory Commissions
reinstatement of construction permits for two nuclear reactors,
the so-called Bellefonte 1 and 2.
The Leagues petition relies in part on a statement from a
member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who voted against the
Bellefonte Construction Permit. In January Commissioner Jaczko
wrote, There is an inherent danger in ignoring this obvious
fact. Licenses exist for a purpose. We use them to fulfill our
statutory mandate of protecting the public health and safety.
Local residents supporting the Leagues petition criticized
the Nuclear Regulatory Commissions action. Louise Gorenflo,
of the Bellefonte Efficiency and Sustainability Team in
Chattanooga, said, NRCs mission is to protect public
health. But theyre bending over backwards to accommodate
TVA and ignoring their role as regulators.
The Leagues Science Director, Louis Zeller, said, TVA
has cannibalized its original plant, rendering it useless. The
off-again, on-again history of this plant, the uncertain
management, and the unprecedented reinstatement add up to a
situation which is both dangerous and illegal.
James B. Dougherty authored the March 30th petition to the court.
This month the League hired Mr. Dougherty to work with them on
the Bellefonte challenge.
The Bellefonte construction permit was first issued in 1974;
construction was halted twice, in 1985 and 1994, before the
permit was withdrawn in 2005. Since then, salvage operations have
removed valuable components such as stainless steel pipes.
More info.: Petition
for Review | NRC's
voting record | BREDL's