Advocate on challenge to proposed nuclear plant

07/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Progress Energy’s plans for a nuclear power plant in Levy County became a little bumpier this week.

On Wednesday, the Atomic Safety & Licensing Board (ALSB), an arm of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ruled that 3 environmental groups could challenge the power company’s plans and cited 3 specific reasons why.

The groups are The Florida Green Party, The Florida Ecology Party, and the Nuclear Information Resource Service, or NIRS.

Mary Olson is the Southeast Regional Coordinator for the NIRS, and based in North Carolina. Olson was chosen to represent the 3 groups before the Atomic Safety & Licensing Board back in April. She discussed the challenge with WMNF.

Olson says that her group can bring additional issues to the ASLB regarding the proposed nuclear plant in Levy County. Progress Energy hopes to bring the plant online by the year 2018.

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