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Not bad for a journalist, eh? Crowell I
At 05:15 PM 11/1/00 -0700, you wrote:
ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWSWIRES
Tenn. (AP) - Nuclear power will get more valuable
as the pressure grows
to reduce air pollution from coal-fired power plants,
Authority Chairman Craven Crowell said Tuesday.
"I think it has to
end up being nuclear in the long term because it is very
friendly to air
quality," Crowell said during a civic club appearance.
conceded that no permanent disposal method has been
radioactive waste from the nation's more than 100
including the five operated by TVA.
"But I think air quality issues
are going to become more and more
significant for us," said Crowell,
whose agency is battling federal
regulators and environmentalists over
pollutants from its 11 coal-fired
plants that cause smog and acid
Weighing those concerns against forecasts of a growing
and subsequent increased demand for electricity, Crowell
"We are going to have to go forward with nuclear
He said TVA, the country's largest public power producer,
ready to order another nuclear plant. But Crowell, who chairs
industry's Electric Power Research Institute, said it is both a
and international issue.
While "green" technologies -
from solar power to fuel cells - are
promising and deserve more research,
he said, they aren't capable
of meeting power demands
"I think it is a simplistic approach to a complex
Stephen Smith, director of the Southern Alliance for
"To fix the air pollution and environmental problems
coal-fired power plants by going to nuclear power is sort
of like giving
up smoking and taking up crack," he said.
said environmentalists worry that TVA may respond to clean
enforcement actions by closing some fossil plants and resurrecting
mothballed $4 billion Bellefonte nuclear station in Alabama.
opinion is that TVA needs to be more engaged with independent
producers (particularly those using cleaner natural gas) and to
more aggressive about conservation and efficiency," Smith said.
said relying on nuclear power "shows they may not have learned
However, Crowell said TVA has learned from its mistakes
nuclear power. An aggressive plan adopted in the 1970s for
17-reactor system is now mostly scrapped, leaving TVA billions
dollars in debt.
Only six reactors were completed. The five now
operating are rated
among the best in the industry, and TVA has trimmed
$2 billion off
"We got into nuclear too big," Crowell
said. "We didn't create the
right kind of culture at TVA to manage the
correctly ... (and) through our own sense of importance
get out of it soon enough.
"But," he said, "we are
coming out of that now."
Dr. Denis E. Beller
Systems Engineering and Integration Group
Technology and Safety Assessment Division
phone: (505) 667-1357
fax: (505) 665-5283
Alamos, NM 87545