Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW), released the following statement and text of a letter to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory B. Jaczko on the application of Southern Company to build two new nuclear reactors in Burke County, GA. President Obama is scheduled to announce his approval of loan guarantees for this project under the 2005 Energy Policy Act.
“Today’s announcement by the President that loan guarantees will be offered to the Southern Company to build and operate two nuclear reactors in Burke County, GA., is intended to usher in a new wave of nuclear energy development in the United States. President Obama’s actions are to implement provisions of the 2005 Energy Policy Act.
“Nuclear energy has been and will continue to be a major source of power in the U.S. and around the world. Its future development, however, depends on having the full support of the American people ... more